Yesterday, my husband and I went to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, which is also known as Punchbowl Cemetery to pay respects to his father, Arthur M. Reinhardt who served in the U.S. Army. He was an SP4 and was considered a Specialist rank, which is equivalent to an E4 in today’s standards. This cemetery is located in Honolulu, Hawaii and serves as a memorial to the United States Armed Forces.
This cemetery lies in the middle of the Puowaina Crater, which is an extinct volcano. The cemetery grounds are very beautiful and the cemetery is well taken care of and is one of the top tourist attractions here in Honolulu. I looked like a tourist snapping pictures of everything from the Chinese Banyan trees, to the beautiful, vibrant Hibiscus flowers and of course, the cemetery grave markers of our fallen soldiers. The U.S. and Japanese flags were snapping in the wind, the sun’s strength yesterday beat down on my face and shoulders, but it was just part of the experience as a whole. It was a beautiful day and a moving experience for me. There is so much history here, and it is overwhelming when you see all those grave stones set in the rich dirt, lined up one right after the other. So many lives lost and they fought for the freedom that we take for granted every day. I could describe the perfectly manicured lawns or the beautiful, yet majestic Chinese Banyan trees with their grayish colored bark and large canopy of shade in which they offer or where initials have been carved into the trees’ bark, the reddish pink flowering bushes, the different trees full of pink and white blossoms, the marble monuments which display our fallen or the chapel with the stained glass windows and on and on. But I would rather show you. I hope you enjoy some of these images.