In This Month’s Newsletter:
Two Former Maunalani Veterans’ Words Read at Memorial Service Honoring WWII Nisei Veterans
The 11th Annual Joint Memorial Service honoring Japanese American Soldiers who served during World War II, was held on Sunday, September 25th at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.
The event—which honored the Japanese American soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat team, the Military Intelligence Service, and the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion— was sponsored by the Nisei Veterans Legacy.
The Keynote Speaker was former Hawaii State Senator, Mr. Matt Matsunaga. He is the son of the late Congressman and U.S. Senator, Spark Matsunaga. One part of the program was very special—touching words/memories were shared by families of 4 Veterans— each representing the four Battalions.
Excerpts from former Maunalani Veteran—Mr. Harold Kudo’s—Veterans Day speech, was read by family friend Lynn Heirakuji (who also served as the Joint Memorial Service Planning Committee Chair).
Lynn’s father— Walter Heirakuji—was also a resident at Maunalani and a Nisei Veteran (442nd RC). Poetry written about the War (in Japanese and later translated to English) by another former Maunalani.
Veteran—Mr. Robert Sato—was read by his daughter, Pauline Sato. Mr. Sato was a prolific writer and poet.
For more information about the annual event, please contact the Nisei Veterans Legacy by visiting their website (nylchawaii.org).
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