Being a military family is never easy; however the benefits far out weigh the hardships. In late July of 2007, my family and I took what is called a hop to Hawaii from Travis AFB, California. There were many fun adventures while we were there, but there was one place that touched my soul beyond anything else.
The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl is a place I will never forget. Here is the final resting place of many men and women who have served in our military. There is also a marble shrine that has the names of soldiers who went missing in action during World War II. There is a small chapel located here. Words cannot begin to describe the beauty of this cemetery.
Walking through this resting place people cannot help but think of sacrifice these men and women made, along with the pain their families went through when they found out their loved one was not going to be returning home. I support and respect the member of our military more than anything else, and walking through that place makes me realize just how important the military always have been, and will continue to be.
Most people say that their favorite part of Hawaii is the beaches, the relaxation, the natives, or the food. Very few Americans deeply understand the beauty of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. And even fewer appreciate the sacrifice these people made for the freedom of their children and grandchildren.
I hope that the people resting at that cemetery in Punchbowl, Hawaii are able to look down and see at least a few Americans walking through their grave cite who, fully appreciate what they did all those years ago.
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