There are several events in March, but I would like to share with you these two first.
The NVC and NVC Foundation Open House is Saturday, March 9th from 1pm to 4pm. Please stop by and see photos and displays of 70 years of memories of the NVC.
Join us on Saturday, March 16th for the NVC and NVC Foundation Installation. This event will be at the Rainier Gold and Country Club from 11am to 2pm. Our key note speaker is COL Keith K. Horikawa, USAR. COL Horikawa is a native of Wahiawa, Hawaii, and a former member of todays 100th Infantry Battalion.
Last month commemorated the 76th anniversary of the activation of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. On 1 February 1943, President Roosevelt activated the 442nd RCT. Some of you may not know but the 442nd lives on today with the 100th Infantry battalion headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 100th is a U.S. Army Reserve unit including volunteers from the south pacific islands of Hawaii and the territories of Guam, Samoa, and Saipan. The legacy of the 442nd continues to grow its high reputation, most recently through current day soldiers’ two deployments to Iraq.
In 2019 the NVC will be honoring the 100th and 442nd by centering our theme around these veterans. We will bring in 100th battalion speakers who have combat experience in today’s wars, and also have family ties to the original 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team from WWII. You will hear stories of how our predecessors fought and brought honor to Japanese Americans, and how this impacts many of us today. The Issei and Nisei created a culture of overcoming obstacles, of serving our nation and communities, and of bringing about positive change that we benefit from today. From the beginning, every generation has done its part to continue this legacy, but we will especially remember the Nisei from the greatest generation because we truly stand on their shoulders.
I hope to see many of you at our events to help bring together and honor the warriors of the past, and to welcome the warriors of the present and make them feel at home. We are proud of their service defending the freedoms we enjoy today.