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by Chuck Cordill, Military Matters associate editor

Wright was speaking at the opening ceremonies for the 21st Annual Hawai‘i Military Appreciation Month. HPU is one of the sponsors of the Opening Ceremonies, which were held at the Battleship Missouri Memorial at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, on April 27. Many of Hawai‘i’s military, business, and government leaders gathered to show their appreciation and kick off a month-long celebration of our armed forces.

As a key sponsor of the event, HPU’s International Vocal Ensemble sang the National Anthem along with Gomer Pyle actor Jim Nabors, as well as “God Bless America,” “Hawai‘i Pono‘i,” and the Navy Hymn, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save.”

HPU’s affiliate, the Oceanic Institute, provided shrimp for the dinner reception, and President’s Hosts, under Student Life Director Jennifer Matheson, served as escorts for the event’s attendees.
“ Hawai‘i Pacific University recognizes the importance higher education plays in building and maintaining the best-informed and most effective fighting force in the world,” said Bob Cyboron, dean of HPU Military Campus Programs. “Since the mid-1970s HPU has been an integral part of the military community in Hawai‘i.”

Also attending the event were Hawai‘i Governor Linda Lingle, Senator Bob Hogue, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Deputy Commander of U.S. Pacific Command Lieutenant General Daniel Leaf, Oceanic Institute President Dr. Bruce Anderson, and Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i President Jim Tollefson.

The opening ceremonies at the Mighty Mo kicked off a month-long calendar of events in May, including Salute to the Military Day on May 6, in Waikiki; the 8th Annual Twilight Tattoo on May 13, at Ft. DeRussy; the Combined Military Band Concert on May 14, at the Hawai‘i Theatre; and the Annual Military Recognition Luncheon on May 17, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Photos by Chuck Cordill

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann celebrated Military Appreciation Month with HPU President Chatt G. Wright and Janice Wright.

The colors and the image of the American flag relected off the U.S.S. Missouri as the party kicked off with many of Hawai‘i’s military, business, and government leaders. Also attending the event were Deputy Commander of U.S. Pacific Command Lieutenant General Daneil Leaf, Oceanic Institute President Dr. Bruce Anderson, and Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i President Jim Tollefson.

The road leading to the Battleship Missouri Memorial at Fort Island, Pearl Harbor, had banners that read “support the troops” hanging on the railings. People gathered in front of the U.S.S. Missouri to take memorable pictures with it.
 

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