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Vets Upset With 'Hawaii Five-O' Crew's 'Disrespect' At Cemetery

A World War II veterans group is upset with the 'Hawaii Five-O' production crew for filming at the same time they were commemorating Pearl Harbor and the victims who died in the attack.

"The crew was rude and disrespectful to 23 World War II veterans who attended a ceremony and visited the sacred cemetery while they were filming," Steffan Tubbs, a board member with The Greatest Generations Foundation tells the Hawaii Reporter.

"Production assistants shushed and rushed the World War II veterans as they laid red roses at their friends' grave sites and continued to work during the national anthem, taps and during the ceremony."

"It gets worse," adds Tubbs. "The TGGF program had brought 24 red roses to place at the gravesites on the opposite side of the Punchbowl. The program crew actually had one of their men wearing a backpack and earplug walk through—infiltrate—our rose-laying ceremony hushing everyone."

He called the crew's behavior, who were filming a scene with Lt. Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) visiting his fictional father's grave, a "disgrace."

'Hawaii Five-0's executive producer Peter Lenkov has since apologized to the "veterans and members of the Greatest Generation Foundation whom we unintentionally offended when our events coincided."

Although he disputes some parts of the account: "Contrary to some reports, to show respect, our crew did cease production for the playing of the national anthem, taps and for the remainder of the ceremony. When we resumed filming, we did encounter visitors from the ceremony."

"Any rudeness by our staff can only be attributed to haste to finish our work, not a lack of respect for men and women who have served and sacrificed for their country. And for that, too, we sincerely apologize to any that were offended."

December 15, 2011 |

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