Due to covid restrictions the in-person Nisei Soldiers Memorial Service typically held at Punchbowl Cemetery was canceled for the 2nd year in a row. Instead, the Nisei Veterans Legacy produced a 30-minute video commemorating the event with the theme, “Continuing to Strive for Liberty and Justice for All”. The video which was released on Veterans Day, November 11, 2021, features Jake Shimabukuro, General David Bramlett (retired), and Caitlin Shishido (granddaughter of a Nisei Soldier).
NVL is partnering with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Report for America to provide a free three-month pilot program for high school students interested in learning about journalism basics and the stories of Hawai‘i’s Nisei Soldiers of WWII.
Listen in on Lynn Heirakuji’s podcast interview with Nolan Hong on Hanging Out with Nolan Hong. Lynn shares stories about her father who was a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, her 30-year career with the federal government, what it was like working at the Pentagon, and being in Washington, D.C. when 9/11 happened. She talks about how the legacy of the Nisei Soldiers of WWII affected her life and career.
This video was presented in July 2021, as a live-streamed educational program that celebrates the contributions of Nisei Soldiers, their ganbari (persevance) spirit, and their lasting contributions after the war to help rebuild Japan as a democracy and transform Hawaii into a more equitable society.
After many long years of persistent and hard work, we are only days away from a US Postage stamp honoring the Nisei soldiers of WWII. Letters and packages from every post office across America can proudly display the Nisei, who despite destructive racism and imprisonment of families without a judge, jury, and trial, put their lives on the line to defend the freedom and liberty of all Americans.
The USPS has announced that the official release date of the Go For Broke Japanese American Soldiers of World War II Forever Stamp is Thursday, June 3rd, 2021.
At long last, through the Ganbari of a dedicated group of volunteers and support of local, state, and national organizations and lawmakers, the US Postal Service is issuing a postage stamp honoring the Nisei Soldiers of World War II. Read the amazing story of how, in these divisive times, the Nisei were again the catalyst that united Americans to achieve this noble goal.