Local family in Hawaii memorial

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe friends and family of about 50 troops with ties to Hawaii killed in Iraq and Afghanistan arrived at the capitol Tuesday to accept the medals in a ceremony that included Gov. Linda Lingle, state lawmakers, Maj. Gen. Robert Lee, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Gary Roughead, U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka and U.S. Rep. Ed Case. As each of the names was called a bell tolled. The recipients’ friends and family in attendance were introduced as they received the medals and service ribbons. Medals for the others were to be mailed or hand-delivered to their families. Established by law last year, the award is given for service members who had been residents of Hawaii, were stationed in the islands, attended colleges here, or were members of the Hawaii National Guard when they died. Lingle said she didn’t know any of the troops who died, but she has come to know their families. The governor said she remembered sitting with a group of widows as they dealt with their lives and the infant children who would never know their fathers. HONOLULU – Kyle Bolor squirmed and fidgeted as he held on to one of 120 Hawaii Medals of Honor awarded at the capitol Tuesday. The 6-year-old beamed as he looked up at his uncle, Keith, the spitting image of the father Kyle lost three years ago. “Whatever my dad gets, I get,” said Kyle, as he clutched the metal encased in a big frame that was almost half his size. The boy’s father, Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Bolor, 37, grew up on Maui. He died Nov. 15, 2003, when two Black Hawk helicopters collided in Iraq. Kyle and his mother, Kelly Jean Bolor, live in Whittier. Keith Bolor, the twin brother of Kyle’s father, now lives in Kahului on Maui. “I hoped that the children would one day appreciate the sacrifice that their father had made and their mother made for our country,” she said. While providing a medal can’t take away the pain of losing a loved one, it shows that Hawaii will never forget them, she said. The reading of the last name was followed by a 21-gun salute. As a bugler played taps in the capitol courtyard, a woman could be heard sobbing as the audience stood silently at attention inside.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img