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NVC Commander's Column

by Walter Tanimoto
January 2021, Volume 71, Issue 1

Success in Spite of Adversity

We bid farewell to 2020 and welcome 2021, the year of the Ox -- and hopefully the beginning of the end to the pandemic. I want to wish all of you a Happy and wonderful New Year, surrounded by those who mean the most to you.

This has been a difficult year for many of us, especially since March, but I am most confident that with the ever-increasing availability of the vaccines, happy days will indeed be here again sooner than later!  We will eventually be moving beyond the COVID restrictions, but for now there is still a need to stay the course with masking, social distancing, and other CDC and State guidelines for what will hopefully be just a bit longer.  I never thought the comment, “I wouldn’t touch them with a six-foot pole” would become a national policy - but here we are!

The pandemic, as difficult as it has been, has served to make us look at new or different ways for the Nisei Veterans Committee (NVC) to meet to honor and carry on the legacy of the Nisei and generations of veterans who continue to serve in and out of the service.  Look for more online events in the coming months. 

Through the efforts of a handful of volunteers, the NVC been able to sustain operations at the NVC Memorial Hall: checking mail, paying bills, cleaning and maintaining facilities, processing donations, and undertaking special projects have kept our organization going despite the COVID pandemic and restrictions.  Zoom and other video teleconferencing tools have enabled us to continue with our meetings. Our fundraising project resulted in a fundraiser far more successful than anyone thought possible. Video projects and communications using social media, newsletters, emails, and the “Nisei Lunch To Go” have kept our operations in compliance with the Governor's requirements and still able to serve tremendous meals to 80-100 people.

I am confident we will see improvements in 2021 in both the COVID-19 pandemic and our mission to honor and carry on the legacy of the Nisei Veterans!

Walt Tanimoto