The Punchbowl National Cemetery is a famous memorial built to serve as the final resting place for our departed military men and women as well as those veterans who served during the World Wars I and II, Vietnam War and Korean War. Join us in honoring our deceased heroes and heroines, book a Honolulu City tour with us.
Officially known as the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl Cemetery is situated at the Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu City, Hawaii. This National Memorial is being managed by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Every year, millions of tourists flock the site to pay respect and to see the scenic view of the place.
The construction of Punchbowl Cemetery started after the Congress approved its budget in February 1948. It was then dedicated on September 2, 1949. But before its inauguration, thousands of remains of military men from different locations around the Pacific area were already transferred here for final interment.
The first burial rites happened on January 4, 1949 while its public opening took place on July 19, 1949. Since then, the cemetery began to accept interments of war veterans, soldiers and their dependents.
In preparation of the National Cemetery’s dedication in 1949, the U.S. Army initially marked the individual graves with white wooden crosses and Stars of David, similar to what they do on other American cemeteries outside the country. However, huge protests started when the Army replaced the temporary markers with flat granite stone markers in 1951.
Also, the Punchbowl National Cemetery was the first to instate Bicentennial Medal of Honor gravestones as tribute to those soldiers who died in performance of their military duties. Meanwhile, around seventy “Unknown” grave markers of those who have died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor were substituted with USS Arizona markers.
Over time, more “Unknown” graves were replaced with new markers as authorities gathered additional information that will identify the remains of the departed soldiers.
The Honolulu Memorial
In honor of the U.S. military men who died during the World War II and the Korean War, the American Battle Monuments Commission or the ABMC constructed the Honolulu Memorial at the Punchbowl National Cemetery in 1964. Years later, they included those who died during the Vietnam War and extended the memorial in 1980.
The national cemetery also have a memorial pathway where several other memorials were erected by various organizations. Today, more than 50 memorials have been placed in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to commemorate the achievements and heroism of the departed soldiers.
Visit the Punchbowl National Cemetery
The Punchbowl National Cemetery is one of the most visited places in Oahu Island. Book a Pearl Harbor tour with us and we will take you to this historic memorial. Pearl Harbor Website is the best in Hawaii when it comes to VIP tour services.