An octet from the Sounds of Aloha Chorus performed the "Star-Spangled Banner" and "Hawai'i Pono'i" at a special Veterans Day sunset ceremony onboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor, an event that concluded Veterans Day observances across the nation. The ceremony featured a special tribute to “Celebrate the 160th Anniversary of the Medal of Honor, and Legacy of an American Hero and Statesman, Daniel K. Inouye,” and the speakers included Commander Dave Haile, Commanding Officer of the destroyer USS Daniel Inouye, and Rear Admiral Stephen Barnett, Commander of Navy Region Hawai‘i.
The Sounds of Aloha are always proud to honor the service and sacrifices of America's service members. Over the years the chorus has been a fixture at the Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony at Pūowaina and has performed at varied events including a ceremony honoring America's Filipino World War II veterans, the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and a commemoration of Japanese-Americans who served in World War II. We've also performed numerous times aboard the USS Missouri. One year we even made our annual spring show a tribute to the storied ship and those who served! We appreciate opportunities like this to join in the tributes.