A little over a year ago, I had the opportunity to visit the The National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The memorial occupies eight acres at One World Trade Center. Every name of every person who died on that day is inscribed on the bronze that surrounds the twin memorial pools. It’s a somber place. I recall it being very quiet. Many visitors, if not all, were in quiet reflection.
I’ve never seen Ala Moana Beach park so packed with people. News reports mentioned that more than 40,000 people converged on Ala Moana Beach Park for the 14th annual Memorial Day lantern floating. The event, which is officiated by Shinnyo-en and presented by the Na Lei Aloha Foundation, started in 1999 as a way to remember and honor those who have died in service to their country. And the significance of the lanterns?