Honoring the fallen, honoring family...
Lt. Duane Zitta, a command duty officer at the Coast Guard 14th District Joint Rescue Coordination Center on Oahu, participated in a wreath laying ceremony with his family during a Wreaths Across America ceremony held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Dec. 16, 2017.
What made this event even more special was the fact that one of the wreaths was for a member of Zitta's
Pfc. Victor Zitta, 18th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, and Zitta's
great uncle on his father's
side, was killed in action during the Battle of Saipan in WWII.
a blessing to be here and be a part of this wonderful event," said Zitta. "What an opportunity we have to be stationed here in Hawaii, coincidentally where my great uncle is buried. It's
an awesome opportunity to bring my family to honor him and the sacrifice that he gave for his country."
The Battle of Saipan was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought on the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands from June 15 to July 9, 1944.
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, ceremonies take place at Arlington National Cemetery as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.
(U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle/Released)
Wreaths Across America - Official Page U.S. Pacific Command U.S. Coast Guard U.S. Marine Corps U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam Arlington National Cemetery Pacific Marines