The Nisei Veterans Committee and the Japanese American community gathered to honor fallen heroes at the Annual NVC Memorial Day Program at Lake View Cemetery in Seattle, as they always have since 1946. WWII veteran Sam Mitsui provided the keynote address.
A local Boy Scout troop presented the Colors as 15 community organizations lay wreaths at the Nisei War Memorial, a 20-foot high granite obelisk inscribed with the names of local Japanese Americans who died in conflicts in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Grenada.
President Obama recently signed an Act of Congress awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Japanese Americans who served this nation during WWII in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) and the Military Intelligence Service. ♦