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Members of the Hawaii Air National Guard perform "eyes right" as they go by the pass and review stand during the Salute to Troops parade held in Waikiki, Hawaii, May 22. The HIANG members were marching as part of the Military Appreciation Month celebration. Military Appreciation Month is designed to honor military members, past and present, and their families for their dedication, service and sacrifice to the nation.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Betty J. Squatrito-Martin)

Members of the Hawaii Air National Guard perform "eyes right" as they go by the pass and review stand during the Salute to Troops parade held in Waikiki, Hawaii, May 22. The HIANG members were marching as part of the Military Appreciation Month celebration. Military Appreciation Month is designed to honor military members, past and present, and their families for their dedication, service and sacrifice to the nation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Betty J. Squatrito-Martin)

Gen. Gary L. North, PACAF commander, Maj. Gen. Robert G.F. Lee, Hawaii Adjutant General, and Maj. Gen. Darryll D. m. Wong, Hawaii Air National Guard commander, look on as military units march by their pass and review stand during the Salute to our Troops parade in Waikiki, Hawaii, May 22. Military members from all branches of the service were marching as part of the Military Appreciation Month celebration. Joining the current military members in the parade were veterans from WWII, and the Korean and Vietnam wars. (U.S. photo/Tech. Sgt. Betty J. Squatrito-Martin)

Gen. Gary L. North, PACAF commander, Maj. Gen. Robert G.F. Lee, Hawaii Adjutant General, and Maj. Gen. Darryll D. m. Wong, Hawaii Air National Guard commander, look on as military units march by their pass and review stand during the Salute to our Troops parade in Waikiki, Hawaii, May 22. Military members from all branches of the service were marching as part of the Military Appreciation Month celebration. Joining the current military members in the parade were veterans from WWII, and the Korean and Vietnam wars. (U.S. photo/Tech. Sgt. Betty J. Squatrito-Martin)

Col. Braden Sakai, 154th Wing vice commander, leads members of the Hawaii Air National Guard in executing "eyes right" as they go by the pass and review stand during the Salute to Troops parade held in Waikiki, Hawaii, May 22. The HIANG members were marching as part of the Military Appreciation Month celebration. Military Appreciation Month is designed to honor military members, past and present, and their families for their dedication, service and sacrifice to the nation.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Betty J. Squatrito-Martin)

Col. Braden Sakai, 154th Wing vice commander, leads members of the Hawaii Air National Guard in executing "eyes right" as they go by the pass and review stand during the Salute to Troops parade held in Waikiki, Hawaii, May 22. The HIANG members were marching as part of the Military Appreciation Month celebration. Military Appreciation Month is designed to honor military members, past and present, and their families for their dedication, service and sacrifice to the nation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Betty J. Squatrito-Martin)

5/22/2010-JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii-- -- Members of the Hawaii Air National Guard march through Waikiki, May 22, as part of the Salute to our Troops Parade.

The Salute to our Troops Parade was the culminating event of Military Appreciation Month in Hawaii.

A number of activities such as luncheons, dinners, parades, and military discounts have taken place over the course of the month. These events have been designed to celebrate and recognize military members and their families for their service, dedication and sacrifice to the nation.

"For us to be able to march in this parade and represent our organization is a very proud moment for us," said Command Chief Master Sgt. Robert S.K. Lee III, senior enlisted leader for the Hawaii National Guard.

"Everyone that is marching today actually is supporting our community, showing that they appreciate their [community's] support for everything that they do," said Senior Airman Edgar Sarte, 154th Wing Civil Engineering Squadron.

Veterans from World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars joined the ranks of today's war fighters and wounded warriors as part of the celebration to honor military members both past and present.

This is a great thing the community is doing for us, said Command Chief Master Sgt. Lee. "The community is going way out of its way to put on an event like this, especially the festivities for the families," he added.