The COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have stopped us from doing many of our traditional activities, but this did not stop our work totally and working together with the NVC Foundation. NVCF VP Geri Lynne Egeler and volunteers have been working within the State COVID guidelines and have been able to give much needed attention to some areas we have not had a chance to focus on for a long time.
I would like to say thank you to our members and the community for your support and donations to the NVC in lieu of the Chow Mein dinner activity. Your support and donations ensure the NVC can maintain our property, pay the bills, and work on projects honoring and carrying on the legacy of the Nisei Veterans.
Big thanks to David Fukuhara, President of the NVC Foundation for donating two hand sanitizing dispensers for the NVC Memorial Hall. This COVID safety time will help minimize the spread of the virus and help keep our volunteers safer at the Hall.
I hope everyone has had a chance to watch the videos in July: the 442nd RCT veteran video on Kim Muromoto, the WWII 17th and 82nd Airborne veteran video on Tosh Tokunaga, the NVC history, and the tour of the NVC Memorial Hall and NVCF Memorial Wall. Thank you so much to Erin Shigaki and Ryan Kozu for inviting the NVC and NVCF to participate in the Minidoka Virtual Pilgrimage part of the 9-week Tadaima program by Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages. We enlisted the help of Kim Jr, Dolly Tokunaga, Dale Kaku, Yuzo Tokita, Dannielle Hirano, and Geri Lynne Egeler to work on this project with Erin and Ryan. The work paid off and we learned more about Kim Sr., Tosh, and our history!
From the beginning of the NVC, families, friends, and supporters have helped us in many ways and continue to do so. The NVC Foundation and volunteers have continued that good work with the NVC during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Geri Lynne Egeler, who is the VP for the NVCF as well as the Museum and Collection Chair, has spent days at the Vets Hall working on cataloging, organizing, and researching the donated items to the NVC and NVCF.
Geri Lynne has also been supervising two high school volunteers from the Kamemoto family who are helping Geri Lynne to catalog, organize, and work on special projects for both the NVC and NVC Foundation.
And more thanks to Geri Lynne, whom I call our organizer extraordinaire. She has cleaned out many items we have not used in years, removed outdated equipment, and organized our office areas. At the end of this clean-up, Geri Lynne filled all the tables in Lefty’s room with items no longer needed to be donated, recycled, or thrown away. I also thank NVC Past Commander and Army Vietnam War veteran Keith Yamaguchi for coming in and helping to clean around the Vets Hall and help Geri Lynne go through the piles of stuff to donate, recycle, or throw away. Arigato Gozaimasu!
In the month of August, we celebrate our Purple Heart recipients from all branches of the services. Governor Inslee proclaimed August 7 as Purple Heart Recipient Recognition Day. From the proclamation:
“. . . I urge all people in our state to join me in acknowledging and honoring this state’s veterans who have been wounded in battle while defending the principles of democracy, individual freedom, and human rights.”
The Governor’s proclamation is a reminder the freedoms and rights we enjoy in the United States come at a cost paid by those who defend it in our wars and operations around the world.
Thank you for your service, and to the community, thank you for your continued support!