The ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl was a community effort. Family members, military officers and state officials honored those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Vietnam War veteran Nicholas Young knows the steps to his grandfather's grave like the back of his hand. He's made the walk every year for the past 40 years to honor the World War I vet.
"He died for our country. That's the reason why you see all these flags here and I put a flag there every year too," said Young.
The ceremony included a 21-gun salute, presentation of colors and a wreath presentation to remember those who served.
For each and every one of the 38,000 veterans buried at the cemetery, fresh lei were placed on their grave sites. It was a donation from the community.
"Nowhere else in the world does this happen on Memorial Day. I am really proud as Mayor to be part of it," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
"I know Punchbowl always gives everybody lei and they put this for Memorial Day. It's really nice to have something like this," said Young.
The Department of Parks and Recreation officials say they were nervous about not getting all lei donations in on time for Monday's service, but luckily the last lei came in Sunday at noon.