The 13th annual Joint Memorial Service sponsored by the Nisei Veterans Legacy (NVL) was held on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Attendees at this event included veterans from the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd RCT and the Military Intelligence Service, Gov. David Ige, ADM Philip Davidson (Commander, US Indo-Pacific Command), Lt. Gov. Doug Chin, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Consul General Koichi Ito.
The theme of this year’s event, “Remember Their Sacrifice by Challenging Ourselves,” resonated in the words of our keynote speaker Tom Coffman, author of books about Hawaii’s social and political development. Coffman reflected on the history and contributions of the Nisei soldiers in helping to advance a modern, integrated society.
This multigenerational ceremony involved participation by JROTC cadets from Punahou, Roosevelt and Kapolei and UH Air Force ROTC cadets along with Boy Scouts in the presentation of wreaths by various organizations and in assisting with other parts of the program.
The Joint Memorial Service is held annually to honor our Nisei veterans of World War II. We honor their sacrifices and hope to emulate their values of duty, perseverance, endurance and the “Go For Broke” spirit.