Sunday, September 25, 2016. The 11th Annual Joint Memorial Service was held today at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), Honolulu, Hawaii. A crowd of 400 including veterans, friends and family members, gathered to pay tribute to the all those who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service and 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion. This year's theme, "Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future"', coincides with the upcoming commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
All World War II Nisei veterans are invited to attend “Fighting Two Wars: AJA Veterans Tribute,” a mid-day banquet on Monday, December 5, at the Hawaii Convention Center Ballroom.
Each veteran and at least one guest or companion can attend free of charge, but registration will be required. Veterans may sign up with their respective clubs. Discount tickets will be available for other friends and relatives of the veterans.
The 74th Anniversary of the 100th Infantry Battalion Banquet was held on Sunday, July 10, at the Pomaikai Ballroom Dole Cannery. There were about 200 attendees including 12 100th Infantry veterans and several 442nd RCT veterans. The NVLC was well represented with president Wes Deguchi and about 10 members present. Shirley Igarashi manned an NVLC informational table in the lobby area and distributed our first newsletter and pens along with membership applications.
The 11th annual Joint Memorial Service honors the Americans of Japanese Ancestry (AJAs) who served in World War II. The Nisei Veterans Legacy conducts the annual Joint Memorial Service on the last Sunday of September. The end of September is chosen because it is when the first AJA soldier died in battle. This years’ service will be held at 10:00 am on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. It will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the beginning of WWII.
THE FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR MEDAL TO BE AWARDED TO TWO (2) WORLD WAR II VETERANS ON APRIL 16, 2016
The Honorary Consul of France in Hawaii, Guillaume Maman, will be awarding his country’s highest decoration - La Légion d’honneur - to two (2) World War II Veterans for their courageous and heroic acts in France during the war.
The distinguished two veterans to be honored are Mr. Joseph Obayashi of Honolulu, Hawaii and Mr. Henry Tessien of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
The 442nd Veterans Club held's a luncheon today to commemorate the 73rd Annivversary of the formation of the famed Army Unit. Over 500 family and friends, including 60 veterans, attended the celebration held at the Pacific Beach Hotel in Honolulu. The late Senator Inouye's son, Ken, served as the emcee for the event. The keynote speech was delivered by General Vincent K. Brooks who commands the U.S. Army Pacific. Proclamations were presented to the veterans by both Governor Ige and Mayor Caldwell.
The audacious true story of the Japanese diplomat who acted against orders to save thousands of Jewish lives from Nazi extermination, PERSONA NON GRATA is a sweeping, historical film that follows Chiune Sugihara from
his early days in Manchuria to his posting as Japan’s consul in Lithuania during WWII. Bound by both a treaty with Nazi Germany, and his own moral awakening, Sugihara put career and family at great risk by issuing transit visas
Recently a group of students from Tomishiro Minami High School, located in Tomigusuku, Okinawa, Japan made the long journey to Hawaii as part of their Educational/Cultural Exchange Program supported by the Lokahi Foundation and the Hawaii United Okinawa Association.