• Kumu Hula Hinaleimoana Wong from the Kalu Halau Lokahi Public Charter School says the Hawaiian blessing during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    Kumu Hula Hinaleimoana Wong from the Kalu Halau Lokahi Public Charter School says the Hawaiian blessing during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service...

  • U.S. Service members of all branches and civilians attend a ceremony presenting Hawaiian fallen heroes with the Hawaiian Medal of Honor at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    U.S. Service members of all branches and civilians attend a ceremony presenting Hawaiian fallen heroes with the Hawaiian Medal of Honor at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with...

  • U.S. Airmen pay tribute to fallen heroes during the 21 Gun Salute during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    U.S. Airmen pay tribute to fallen heroes during the 21 Gun Salute during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their...

  • U.S. Airmen pay tribute to fallen heroes during the 21 Gun Salute during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    U.S. Airmen pay tribute to fallen heroes during the 21 Gun Salute during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their...

  • U.S. Airmen pay tribute to fallen heroes during the 21 Gun Salute during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    U.S. Airmen pay tribute to fallen heroes during the 21 Gun Salute during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their...

  • U.S. Airmen pay tribute to fallen heroes during the 21 Gun Salute during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    U.S. Airmen pay tribute to fallen heroes during the 21 Gun Salute during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their...

  • A U.S. Airman picks up the brass ejected during the 21 Gun Salute during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    A U.S. Airman picks up the brass ejected during the 21 Gun Salute during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their...

  • U.S. Marine Master Sgt. Travis Riddick's wife and daughter are presented with his Hawaiian Medal of Honor during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    U.S. Marine Master Sgt. Travis Riddick's wife and daughter are presented with his Hawaiian Medal of Honor during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service...

  • U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Neal accepts the Hawaiian Medal of Honor on behalf of his fallen comrade, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nicholas Johnson, during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Neal accepts the Hawaiian Medal of Honor on behalf of his fallen comrade, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nicholas Johnson, during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of...

  • The family of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Don Viray is presented with his Hawaiian Medal of Honor for his service during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    The family of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Don Viray is presented with his Hawaiian Medal of Honor for his service during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost...

  • U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Hansen accepts the Hawaiian Medal of Honor on behalf of his fallen comrade Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Hornsby during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Hansen accepts the Hawaiian Medal of Honor on behalf of his fallen comrade Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Hornsby during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec...

  • A U.S. Sailor rings the bell signifying the loss of a fellow Service member during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    A U.S. Sailor rings the bell signifying the loss of a fellow Service member during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who...

  • House speaker Joseph Souki conveys his condolences to the families and friends of the fallen heroes during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    House speaker Joseph Souki conveys his condolences to the families and friends of the fallen heroes during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members...

  • U.S. Army Sgt. Jessica Hornes, an Apopka, Fla., native and a combat medic with Company C, 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, demonstrates how to insert a nasopharyngeal airway tube into a mannequin during medical training with the Afghan National Army, June 23, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan. Assisting Afghan medical personnel will enable them to save the lives of their fellow soldiers and Afghan civilians. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Bailey, 703rd BSB, 4th IBCT, 3rd Infantry Division Unit Public Affairs Representative)

    US medics provide airway management training to ANA soldiers

    U.S. Army Sgt. Jessica Hornes, an Apopka, Fla., native and a combat medic with Company C, 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, demonstrates how to insert a nasopharyngeal airway tube into a mannequin...

  • Service members of all branches and civilians attended a ceremony presenting Hawaiian fallen heroes with a Hawaiian Medal of Honor at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 service members with Hawaii ties, who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Honoring the fallen

    Service members of all branches and civilians attended a ceremony presenting Hawaiian fallen heroes with a Hawaiian Medal of Honor at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 service members with Hawaii ties...

  • U.S. Service members of all branches and civilians attend a ceremony presenting Hawaiian fallen heroes with a Hawaiian Medal of Honor at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    U.S. Service members of all branches and civilians attend a ceremony presenting Hawaiian fallen heroes with a Hawaiian Medal of Honor at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with...

  • U.S. Service members of all branches and civilians attend a ceremony presenting Hawaiian fallen heroes with a Hawaiian Medal of Honor at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    U.S. Service members of all branches and civilians attend a ceremony presenting Hawaiian fallen heroes with a Hawaiian Medal of Honor at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with...

  • Danny Kaleikini sings the National Anthem and "Hawai'i Pono'i" during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    Danny Kaleikini sings the National Anthem and "Hawai'i Pono'i" during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their...

  • Gov. of Hawaii Neil Abercrombie speaks about the U.S. Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen who have served their country during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    Gov. of Hawaii Neil Abercrombie speaks about the U.S. Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen who have served their country during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has...

  • U.S. Service members of all branches and civilians attend a ceremony presenting Hawaiian fallen heroes with the Hawaiian Medal of Honor at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    U.S. Service members of all branches and civilians attend a ceremony presenting Hawaiian fallen heroes with the Hawaiian Medal of Honor at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with...

  • U.S. Service members of all branches and civilians attend a ceremony presenting Hawaiian fallen heroes with the Hawaiian Medal of Honor at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    U.S. Service members of all branches and civilians attend a ceremony presenting Hawaiian fallen heroes with the Hawaiian Medal of Honor at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with...

  • U.S. Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Darryll D.M. Wong, adjutant general for the state of Hawaii, conveys his condolences about the fallen heroes during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    U.S. Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Darryll D.M. Wong, adjutant general for the state of Hawaii, conveys his condolences about the fallen heroes during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31...

  • Tom and Deborah Logan are presented with the Hawaiian Medal of Honor on behalf of U.S. Marine Cpl. Joseph Logan during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaiian has lost 327 Service members with Hawaii ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    Tom and Deborah Logan are presented with the Hawaiian Medal of Honor on behalf of U.S. Marine Cpl. Joseph Logan during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaiian has lost 327...

  • Tom and Deborah Logan are presented with the Hawaiian Medal of Honor on behalf of U.S. Marine Cpl. Joseph Logan during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    Tom and Deborah Logan are presented with the Hawaiian Medal of Honor on behalf of U.S. Marine Cpl. Joseph Logan during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327...

  • Families and friends accepting the Hawaiian Medal of Honor on behalf of their fallen heroes receive a standing ovation of appreciation from distinguished guests and attendees during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    Families and friends accepting the Hawaiian Medal of Honor on behalf of their fallen heroes receive a standing ovation of appreciation from distinguished guests and attendees during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in...

  • U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, U.S. Army Command Pacific commanding general, converses with Gov. of Hawaii Neil Abercrombie before the Hawaiian Medal of Honor ceremony in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, U.S. Army Command Pacific commanding general, converses with Gov. of Hawaii Neil Abercrombie before the Hawaiian Medal of Honor ceremony in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327...

  • U.S. Army Col. Frank Tate, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade commander, expresses his condolences to the family of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Don Viray during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    U.S. Army Col. Frank Tate, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade commander, expresses his condolences to the family of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Don Viray during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As...

  • Rep. K. Mark Takai (right), chairman for the Committee on Veterans, Military, and International Affairs, and Committee on Culture and the Arts, describes what each color and emblem on the Hawaiian Medal of Honor means to Tom Logan during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    Rep. K. Mark Takai (right), chairman for the Committee on Veterans, Military, and International Affairs, and Committee on Culture and the Arts, describes what each color and emblem on the Hawaiian Medal of Honor means to Tom Logan during the Hawaiian...

  • Tom Logan gazes at the Hawaiian Medal of Honor given to Marine Cpl. Joseph Logan, in honor of his service, during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu March 27. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 service members with Hawaii ties, who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Honoring the fallen

    Tom Logan gazes at the Hawaiian Medal of Honor given to Marine Cpl. Joseph Logan, in honor of his service, during the Hawaiian Medal of Honor Ceremony at the State Building in Honolulu March 27. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 service members...

  • U.S. Service members of all branches and civilians attend a ceremony presenting Hawaiian fallen heroes with a Hawaiian Medal of Honor at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with Hawaiian ties who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder/Released)

    Honoring the fallen

    U.S. Service members of all branches and civilians attend a ceremony presenting Hawaiian fallen heroes with a Hawaiian Medal of Honor at the State Building in Honolulu, March 27, 2013. As of Dec. 31, 2012, Hawaii has lost 327 Service members with...

  • Afghan National Army Sgt. Mohammad Niab, a medic with the 5th Kandak, 4th Brigade, 203rd Corps, practices new airway management skills while U.S. Army Sgt. Jessica Hornes, an Apopka, Fla., native and a combat medic with Company C., 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, verifies it is done correctly, June 23, 2013, on Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan. Medical skills like this will help Afghan medical personnel to save civilian and military lives. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Bailey, 703rd BSB, 4th IBCT, 3rd Infantry Division Unit Public Affairs Representative)

    US medics provide airway management training to ANA soldiers

    Afghan National Army Sgt. Mohammad Niab, a medic with the 5th Kandak, 4th Brigade, 203rd Corps, practices new airway management skills while U.S. Army Sgt. Jessica Hornes, an Apopka, Fla., native and a combat medic with Company C., 703rd Brigade...

HONOLULU - Marines, airmen, sailors and soldiers could be seen entering the State Capitol building in Honolulu with strong emotions across their faces. The service members gathered with state officials and civilians to honor their fallen comrades during a Hawaii Medal of Honor ceremony, March 27.

The Hawaii State Senate and Hawaii State House of Representatives awarded the Hawaii Medal of Honor to 19 fallen service members. Of the 19 fallen heroes honored, eight medals were presented to members of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.

"In offering the Hawaii Medal of Honor to those who gathered here, in memory of those who have fallen, we recognize that they are part of us ... part of our Ohana," said Rep. K. Mark Takai, Chairman for the Committee on Veterans, Military, and International Affairs, and Culture and the Arts. "The medal guarantees that they will never be forgotten. I hope that the children of these heroes will one day appreciate the sacrifices that their fathers and their mothers made on behalf of all of us."

As of Dec. 31, 2012, the state of Hawaii has awarded their Medal of Honor to 327 service members with Hawaii ties. Hawaii is one of three states that honor their fallen service members this way.

"I'm astounded about what the state has done for the military, Marines, soldiers, Coast Guard, everybody," said Tom Logan, who received the Hawaii Medal of Honor on behalf of his son, Marine Cpl. Joseph Logan. "I never realized how much love they have for this country's soldiers. It's a feeling you can't express sometimes."

In 2005, the Hawaii State Legislature passed Act 21 from House Bill 8, which began the Hawaii Medal of Honor. "The purpose of this Act is to provide for a Hawaii Medal of Honor that would help express the deep appreciation and gratitude of the People of Hawaii to the loved ones of members of the military who sacrificed their lives in defense of our nation and its freedoms."

Members of the fallen heroes' units attended the ceremony to show their gratitude and pay tribute to their comrades. The emotions from the guests in attendance were minuet compared to the emotions of the family members.

"The most difficult part of loosing someone is the families with little children," said Takai.

Marine Master Sgt. Travis Riddick's daughter wept as she was presented with her father's medal.

"I hope that in the future, the children will understand how important her father is to many others and people from Hawaii," said Takai.

She was not the only family member whose emotions were evident during the ceremony.

"This ceremony put us over the top," Logan said. "He was our G.I. Joey, that's what we called him. They say the children emulate the parents, I didn't realize it until all this happened what our kids were doing. They were paying attention and I'm grateful for it."

After taking part in the ceremony, Logan was inspired to bring the honor of remembering the fallen to his home state.

"I am going to take this legislation back to Texas," Logan said. "Texas has lost 613 [service members] and California has even more. A lot of families are affected by the loss of a soldier. What happens is a tragedy. With losing a son or daughter, the feelings don't go away, they stay there."

With his military past, Takai has had to deal with the loss of fellow service members.

"We see the pain in both the children and grandparents," Takai said. "The military has been such an important part of our history. Our military is part of our Hawaii Ohana. The state cares about the soldier, the family and the person the family lost. We will continue to do this."

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