I only have a few items to pass on to you this month and want to start it with the thanks.
Thank you Geri Lynne Egeler, the Open House Committee, and the volunteers. You all hit it out of ball park - the open house was a big hit! The exhibits, music and food created a fun and memorable event for all who attended.
I want to thank Representative Sharon Tomiko-Santos and Senator Bob Hasegawa for hosting the NVC and NVC Foundation, and the many other Japanese-American organizations at the Day of Remembrance 2019. On Wednesday, 20 February 2019, volunteers from the NVC and Foundation participated in the annual event at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia. The Day of Remembrance commemorates the day Executive Order 9066 was issued and enforced, forcing thousands of citizens and others of Japanese ancestry into concentration camps throughout the United States. The Day of Remembrance recognizes the sacrifices of those individuals and their families and is a way to ensure citizens across the United States never forget and relive this tragic event.
Please join me in congratulation NVC Life Member Stan Seo on his promotion to Colonel! It’s been a long time coming, and I have enjoyed watching Stan’s career from when he was a lieutenant and Scout Platoon Leader and now as a Colonel!
By the time this newsletter reaches everyone, Colonel Seo will be on his way Down Range. Down Range in the Army is term for a deployment. Please join me in wishing/praying for a safe deployment for COL Seo and extending support for his family waiting at home.
COL Seo commands the 122nd TPASE (Theater Public Affairs Support Element). The unit will be conducting split operations with some in support Operation Freedom Sentential – Afghanistan (AFG) under Commander, U.S. Forces AFG; and Operation Inherent Resolve – Iraq (IRQ) under Commander, CJSOTF IRQ. (CJOSTF-IRQ stands for Commander Joint Special Operations Command Task Force in the Iraq War.) The NVC is also the unit sponsor, and I am asking for your help with care packages, letters from school children, and more. Please let me know if you wish to help.
In the NVC, we are surrounded by heroes from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and many service members from other operations, but we sometimes forget there is still a war going on. I hope each of you, family and friends, take a moment to remember a veteran and when possible, say "Thank You for your Service” and when appropriate, "Welcome Home".