Regional Celebrations of Congressional Gold Medal Planned

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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].net)

San Jose: Friday, Feb. 24 (Japanese American Museum of San Jose, www.jamsj.org)

Southern California: Saturday, Feb. 25 (Laura Shigemitsu, [email protected], and Cathy Tanaka, [email protected])

Oregon: Sunday, Feb. 26 (Mari Watanabe, [email protected], and Setsy Larouche, [email protected])

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.

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