The principle on which this country was founded and by which it has always been governed is that Americanism is a matter of mind and heart; Americanism is not, and never was, a matter of race or ancestry.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Upon signing the Executive Order in February 1943 that created the 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Over the years, many have asked us, ‘Why? Why were you willing and ready to give up your life?’ I told my son it was a matter of honor…To have done any less than we did in battle would have dishonored our families and our country.
Daniel K. Inouye
From March 24, 1993 speech celebrating 50th anniversary of the Regimental Combat Team in Hawaii
Rarely has a nation been so well-served by a people it has so ill-treated.
President William J. Clinton
At the Medal of Honor Ceremony, July 15, 2000
Nisei: American Patriots
Four Hawai‘i veterans share their World War II stories