March 2017, Volume 67, Issue 3
On March 18th, the NVC celebrated the 72nd Annual Installation Banquet with its members and the community at the Rainier Golf and Country Club. In traditional fashion and with a few jokes, Bob Kiga returned again as the Master of Ceremonies. The program featured honored guest, Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, scholarship awards to four deserving students and the installation of new officers for 2017.
The NVC Commander and NVCF President Award is a special certification of commendation to recognize and show appreciation to an individual who has made notable contributions and who has performed significant acts or services in the best interest of our community relevant to events and programs consistent with the NVC and NVCF bylaws and policies.
The National Veterans Network, in conjunction with U.S. Army Museum representatives, presented plans for the new National Museum of the U.S. Army being built on the grounds of Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Retired General Shinseki came to Seattle to discuss the importance of the Nisei Veteran stories, as this will be an important exhibit in the museum.
Congratulations to the four outstanding recipients of this year’s NVC Foundation Scholarship Program. The scholarships were awarded at the 72nd annual NVC/NVCF Installation Luncheon held on March 18, 2017 at the Rainier Golf and Country Club.
Seattle Nisei Vets and NVC Foundation were invited for a visit to I Corps at JBLM and McChord AFB by Lt Gen Leonard J. Lanza, I Corps Commander. The event started with a personal greeting from Lt Gen Lanza followed by a I Corps Command briefing.
Last summer Tosh Okamoto brought together a coalition of groups to explore the historical connections between the Japanese American community and Jewish community, and these beginning discussions led to a three-part series of programs focusing on the Holocaust and Japanese American Connections...
February’s Speaker Series featured author Sandra Vea and Alan Abe, whose father was the subject of Sandra’s book, Masao, A Nisei Soldier’s Secret and Historic Role in World War II. Masao Abe served as an interrogator/interpreter in the US Army MIS during World War II.
The success of the Nisei Lunch program would not have happened if it wasn’t for Terry Takeuchi and his leadership. Terry has been working hard to open his own restaurant, and it appears that the time has come and his dream of opening that restaurant is close at hand.
Bridgette Takeuchi spoke on behalf of the NVC at a short memorial and vigil held following the Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival on the Seattle University campus on February 19. This is a copy of her speech.