Friday, July 17, 2009

Emperor and Empress of Japan honor WWII veterans at Punchbowl cemetery

PUNCHBOWL (KHNL) - It's a visit like no other for those who rest at the National Cemetery of the Pacific.

"Because they're not elected officials. They are royalty. They represent a monarchy with a heredity that is the oldest monarchy in the world. And that makes it special," said Gene Castagnetti, National Cemetery Director.

I didn't know that about them. Let's hope they keep their royal family.

EDIT: Here is an article summarizing the dynasty's history.

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