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NVCF President's Column

by David Fukuhara
May 2020, Volume 70, Issue 5

Memorial Day Remarks

Thank you for attending our 75th Memorial Day celebration on video.  Glad you could join us! And thanks to Commander Tanimoto for your service in the US Army and for your remarks today.

This year, even the COVID virus couldn’t stop our commitment to honoring the WWII veterans and other veterans that followed, who sacrificed their lives in the service of their Country and Community.

As we normally go to the monument at the Lakeview cemetery to honor these veterans, it is appropriate today, that we remember them here at the NVC Memorial Hall.  For it is here, that we can learn more about these heroes – we can see what they looked like and better understand who they are. 

These were all young men, who accomplished so much in their lives, even before hitting their prime.  Individually, they earned the highest honor of our nation, but oh so much pain and heartbreak to their Gold Star families who loved them.  The price these families paid is unimaginable.

The Nisei Veterans’ record defending this country and the sacrifices they made, changed the course of our nation.  During a time when there was an atmosphere of discrimination at home, in Europe these men broke the Gothic Line, these men rescued the Texans of the Lost Battalion, and these men liberated Jewish prisoners from the tyranny of the infamous concentration camp at Dachau.

In doing so, their actions also liberated their own families and the 120,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated across 10 concentration camps here in these United States of America.  They say actions speak louder than words, and these men shouted out to our nation that – this is our Country!

So today, let’s remember these young men from our Community and thank them for their service.  Then, as you visit the Memorial Hall throughout the year, take time to see who these men are - and recognize them for being OUR heroes.