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NVC Commander's Column

by Mike Yaguchi
May 2021, Volume 71, Issue 5

A newly released book by Daniel James Brown, titled Facing the Mountain, not only tells the story of four WWII era Japanese Americans, three from the 442 RCT with Fred Shiosaki (NVC member) featured, but it tells the story of their parents too.  It is one of the few books about the WWII Japanese American experience that weaves valor, duty, and the other elements of ‘citizenship” to demonstrate loyalty, patriotism, and honor.

Unfortunately, our 76th Annual Memorial Day event will be a virtual again.  But the proposed program will honor and remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their battle buddies and country. We’ll send the link to the taped event via our website and social media venues.

Scouts from Troop 252 will spend a portion of their Saturday on May 29th placing US Flags on Nisei veterans at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery.  NVC thanks them and Craig Omoto, son-in-law of former NVC Commander, Tosh Okamoto, for his leadership and oversight of this Troop 252 program.  Well Done, Scouts!!!

Finally, we’re still monitoring the State’s public health COVID-19 guidance and protocols associated with group gatherings.  Much to our surprise the Governor announced a full opening effective June 30th and new mask guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated.  There are caveats to this as well, and the COVID-19 Committee is drafting plans on how to open the Hall.  We are just as eager as you to open NVC Memorial Hall to everyone, but we just need to exercise some more strategic patience as the area moves closer to herd immunity numbers and certain pandemic benchmarks are realized.  Until then, stay safe and healthy, be kind, and keep our troops deployed overseas in your thoughts and prayers.