Four service members who made the ultimate sacrifice were honored today during a joint session of the state legislature.
This is the 10th year lawmakers have honored the fallen with the Hawaii Medal of Honor.
Relatives of those who died last year attended the ceremony as honored guests. The loss was still extremely difficult for loved ones.
Service members who were honored include Sgt. Tofiga Tautolo, Capt. Reid Nishizuka, Sgt. Drew Scobie and Chief Warrant Officer Edward Balli.
“For all of us here today, I want to take the opportunity to say to the families that we are one with you in support. We are one with you in understanding that what you have given and what your loved ones have given brings honor to those best features of ourselves as human beings,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
The Hawaii Medal of Honor was the first of its kind in the nation and several states have followed the tradition.