National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

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A beautiful and sobering site, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific was dedicated in 1949 and serves as the final resting place for veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

The cemetery is located inside Punchbowl Crater, a volcanic crater known to Hawaiians as Pūowaina. The walls of the crater shelter the grave sites from the bustle of the city below, bringing a quiet beauty to the green lawns and spreading trees.

At the end of the cemetery's main avenue is the somber and imposing memorial to those missing-in-action or lost at sea in three wars. Nearly 30,000 names are carved into the marble walls of the courts–list after list of young lives ended so soon.

On the south side of the cemetery a walkway rises to the rim of the crater, for a stunning view of Honolulu.

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