NVC Newsletter

Commander's Column

by Walter Tanimoto
November 2019, Volume 69, Issue 10

It’s that time of the year to say Seasons Greetings!

I hope I am not too early in saying this.  By the time this newsletter reaches your mailbox, I hope you and your family have enjoyed Thanksgiving and being Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopaholics.

In this month’s article, I want to acknowledge the service of our Cold War veterans.  Thirty years ago, the Berlin Wall fell on 9 November 1989, symbolizing the beginning of the end of the Cold War.  The Cold War ran from 1947 through 1991, and between these years the United States was at war within a war in Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Granada, and Desert Storm.  Some say the wall fell because of NATO, or the United States National Security Strategy, and maybe economics.  However, there is little doubt in many of our minds that the Berlin Wall fell because of the ordinary citizens who served in the United States Armed Forces with the support of the American people.  Many veterans served during these years, and some were fortunate in that they did not fight in combat.  Nevertheless, their preparedness, professionalism, expertise and service contributed to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War.

When our nation calls for help, some answer the call by serving in the United States armed forces much like the Nisei veterans of WWII.  These dedicated, brave men and woman had a choice, and they chose to serve.  Ask any group of Nisei Veterans why they served, and you will get many different answers, but the common thread that bonds the heroes whose shoulders we stand on today is our service to our nation.

It is very important to honor the brave and heroic service of those who have served and are now serving honorably in all branches of the Armed Forces of the United States of America.  These men and women exhibiting strength, sacrifice, and bravery are ordinary Americans asked to do extraordinary things to protect our freedoms and keep us safe. The men and women of America’s uniformed services have dedicated their lives to protecting our rights and freedoms, often at great cost to themselves and their families. To you, my comrades, I say thank you for your service...and to those of you who served in harm’s way while on active duty, I say "Welcome Home.”

It is our obligation to appreciate, support, and remember our warriors and their families.

I hope each of you, your family, and your friends enjoy the holiday season. Do take a moment to remember a veteran and when possible, say "Thank You" for your service and when appropriate, "Welcome Home".

As the number of Nisei Veterans from the Greatest Generation diminishes, its members should look back on a grateful and proud country.  We can and will continue to honor them and the legacy they left us, but we should also unite through a shared purpose at the community level. It’s the least we can do for all their sacrifice.

We all have a choice and thankfully, some chose to serve and not protest or fight our government.

Be proud of your service and the courage you showed.  Know you made a difference when you swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.

I salute you for your service and thank your families for their support.

Go For Broke!  Duty First!