National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Rich with cultural and environmental history, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is located in Hawaii's "Punchbowl," a volcanic crater formed 75,000 to 100,000 years ago in Honolulu. Once used as an altar for human sacrifices, then to guard Honolulu Harbor against the attack on Pearl Harbor, the site became a National Cemetery in 1948. It is now one of the area's most popular tourist destinations with its beautifully constructed memorials and outstanding panoramic views of Oahu.
Backstory and Context
Now over 34,000 members of the Armed Forces are laid to rest here, including over 13,000 that died during WWII. The cemetery was the first to use Bicentennial Medal of Honor headstones, now having a total of 23 to honor those recipients. There is a large variety of memorials to see throughout the Punchbowl, with many lining the main pathway.
The striking beauty and serenity of the Island of Oahu makes the National Memorial of the Pacific an honorable location for veterans to be buried and remembered. It remains one of the most popular destinations in Hawaii with millions of visitors every year.