By MC2 Gabrielle Joyner, Navy Public Affairs Support Element Detachment Hawaii
The monthly Pearl Harbor Colors honors and heritage ceremony was held Nov. 19 at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
The ceremony this month was held to celebrate the Marine Corps 240th birthday (Nov. 10), Veterans Day and Wounded Warrior Care Month.
“Number one, we were honored to do the ceremony today with Marine Corps birthday, Veterans Day and some distinguished guests,” said Master Sgt. Salvatore Cardella, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific public affairs chief.
“It’s always good to come out here when veterans come to visit to showcase and remind everybody that we are still here in Hawaii,” he said.
The event featured the United States Marine Corps Forces and the Marine Corps Fores Pacific Band. Special guests who attended included Pearl Harbor survivor Delton “Wally” Walling, as well as wounded service members in honor of Wounded Warrior Care Month.
“The ceremony was very insightful, and I enjoyed getting to see veterans and survivors in person because it makes me remember why I’m fighting, why I keep going,” said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Danielle Donnell, assigned to Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility Pearl Harbor.
“And the Marine band was awesome. They did a great job. My daughter was jamming,” she said.
After the ceremony, Walling told sea stories as a gathering of Navy, Marine Corps and civilian spectators listened.
According to Cardella, it is important to have these monthly colors ceremonies open to the public to bring military and civilians closer together and remind everyone that we are still here to serve.
“It gives them an opportunity to talk to us face-to-face,” said Cardella.
“It gives us an opportunity to get close to the civilian population that might not be aware of what the Marine Corp does, what the Navy does, [and] Army, Air Force and Coast Guard, and some of the great things that our young people today are doing. And they will pass that on,” he said.