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NVC Commander's Column

by Walter Tanimoto
September 2020, Volume 70, Issue 8


Summer has ended and I wish all the kids going back to school, whether online or in person, the best in their studies. 

September also commemorates the 19th anniversary of 9-11, also known as Patriots Day.  Never forget: Not since December 7, 1941, has the United States been under direct attack of this magnitude and devastation by an adversary.  On September 11, 2001, 2,977 people were killed, over 6,000 were injured, and today many are still suffering from post-traumatic stress and fallout from the attack. The attacks were devastating to this nation and changed our world.  It was a day in our history we will never forget.

We remember the victims on this 19th anniversary of 9-11.  Our hearts are broken for their families and friends, but our hearts are also filled by the courage and commitment shown by those who responded to the incidents. Firefighters, law enforcement, military personnel, and ordinary civilians all became responders and heroes.

To commemorate the heroism shown on 9-11 and subsequently, we want to recognize veterans, first responders, and families who were affected by the attack. To do that, I asked each of you to pause, reflect and remember on a day that began just like any other, but ended in tragedy. 

The terrorist attacks reveal freedom comes at a cost, but even out of the twisted steel and rubble, we stand ready to safeguard the American dream.

As a Nation, we will always stand ready, just like our predecessors and the Nisei Veterans, to defend our way of life for future generations.  The way of life so many before us have fought and died to protect, and what so many of our new generation of service members and first responders continue to selflessly put their lives on the line to defend today.

For generations, the United States has stood for hope and new beginnings.  The best way to honor the memory of those lost during the 9-11 attacks is by continuing to be the inspiration our country was founded upon. Whether we heard about and watched the events of 9-11 on the news in 2001, or learned about them another way, we all came away with the message that this was a day that united our nation.

Lastly, I am forever grateful to be among veterans, family, and friends in the Nisei Veterans Committee and the community.