WASHINGTON — Several regional celebrations will be held across the country to commemorate the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to the Nisei units of World War II, announced Christine Sato-Yamazaki, chairperson of the National Veterans Network.
The 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service received the medal on Nov. 2 during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. The local events are for the benefit of those who were unable to attend.
The locations, dates and contact persons are as follows.
Hawaii: Saturday, Dec. 17 (Barbara Tanabe, [email protected])
Washington state: Saturday, Jan. 14 (Dale Kaku, [email protected])
Utah: Saturday, Feb. 18 (Jeanette Spencer, [email protected])
Central California: Sunday, Feb. 19 (Dale Ikeda, [email protected])
San Jose: Friday, Feb. 24 (Japanese American Museum of San Jose, www.jamsj.org)
Illinois: Sunday, April 22 (Howard Hieshima, [email protected])
This is a partial list. More dates will be added as information becomes available. Visit www.nationalveteransnetwork.com for updates.
The Congressional Gold Medal replica is now available through the U.S. Mint website, http://www.usmint.gov/. The replicas are $44.95 each, plus $8 for a presentation case.
The National Veterans Network is working on a DVD of the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony and celebratory events, and will make it available at a cost to be determined, Sato-Yamazaki said.