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Old Jun 6, 2010, 4:33 AM   #1
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Default Things fall Apart: Honoring those who died

This may be a stretch however it could be argued that death is the ultimate destruction.

There are two very moving ceremonies honoring the dead in Honolulu during recent Memorial Day celebrations.
The first is the laying of flower leis on each grave in the Punchbowl National Military cemetery to honor the fallen heroes. Volunteers make over 40,000 leis to adorn each gravesite at the military cemetery. As one volunteer exclaimed when it appeared that they might not have enough leis this year, he would personally stand and cut each lei in half to ensure that every grave was honored with flowers.

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The second is the Toro Nagashi or lantern floating ceremony, a traditonal Japanese ceremony honoring the dead. Each year during the summer, candle lit lanterns decorated with the names of departed family members and greetings would be floated down rivers out to the sea, signifying the departure of their souls to a better place. The Honolulu Toro Nagashi is one of the largest in the world with some 2,000 lanterns lit and over 30,000 people attending along Ala Moana Beach.

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