24 Aug 2010

Memorial service in Hawaii to honour fallen Samoan soldiers

9:37 am on 24 August 2010

A memorial service is being held this week in Hawaii to honour and remember Samoan soldiers who've lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

At least 20 Samoan soldiers from the Samoas, Hawaii and other U.S. states have died while serving in the U.S. military.

American Samoa's member of the US Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, says he's attending the service to not only remember those who have died, but also those who remain in military service.

"Lest we forget, that as a nation, and as a people, especially among our Samoan people of course, we've always been probably I would say second to none as far as our patriotism, in serving in the armed forces of the United States. And we just want to make sure that we honour not only those who fought gallantly in Iraq and Afghanistan, but all our veterans in the thousands who have served in the armed forces for all these years."

The memorial service is scheduled for August the 27th at the Punchbowl National Cemetery in Honolulu.