Marching through Waikiki

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Betty J. Squatrito-Martin
  • 154th Wing Public Affairs
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.