Bonsai Tree Memorial Honors the Spirits of Deceased PHNSY Employees > Naval Sea Systems Command > Recorded News Module
A memorial planter was unveiled this summer at the Office of Quality Assurance, Code 135, at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility as a gift honoring the memory of Roldan Agustin and Vince Kapoi, Jr. whose Life was unfortunately taken by an active duty Sailor at Graving Dock 2 on December 4, 2019.
Members of Kapoi, Jr.’s family and other Code 135 employees were on hand to view the planter which was inscribed with the words “The NAVSEA NDT community prays for your continued comfort.” The box, which was created by Jason Dorenavant, the manager of NAVSEA’s non-destructive testing and welding programs, felt it was his personal obligation to design and create the planter which is permanently housed in the office. building quality assurance. 1443.
“The idea of the gift was to have something alive and grow,” Dor said. “Bonsai trees are hearty, lively and long-lasting, they need to be cared for and nurtured.”
The memorial planter design had additional assistance from Michael O’Connell, a Code 132 Quality Assurance Specialist at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and included the U.S. Navy logo embedded in the wood and epoxy sealed. O’Connell used burl maple wood accents to create a visual impression of lava flow, ocean and coral. Inside the planter, Dorénavant chose two bonsai trees, one leaning left and one right to symbolize the enduring spirits of Agustin and Kapoi, Jr..
Additionally, on December 5, 2021, the memorial planter was displayed at a ceremony in which Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro awarded the families of Agustin and Kapoi, Jr., the Angela M. Houtz for fallen civilians. During the ceremony, Del Toro expressed his deepest condolences to his family members. The medal is named after an intelligence analyst who died at the Pentagon in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.
“Overall, I think it shows that we all care about them and our concern for the well-being of Code 135,” O’Connell said.