‘Return and Remembrance’ at MIS Center

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Dedication ceremony for the MIS Historic Learning Center in November 2013. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

Dedication ceremony for the MIS Historic Learning Center in November 2013. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

SAN FRANCISCO — The National Japanese American Historical Society will present “Return and Remembrance: The Legacy of Veterans of World War II,” a celebration of the first anniversary of the MIS Historic Learning Center, on Saturday, Nov. 15.

A color guard ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held at 10 a.m. at the center, 640 Mason St. in the Presidio of San Francisco. The center is located in Building 640, which housed the first Military Intelligence Service Language School in late 1941 and early 1942.

The center, which opened its doors in November 2013, tells the story of the Nisei linguists who served as translators and interpreters for U.S. and other Allied forces in Asia and the Pacific during World War II as well as in occupied Japan. Many of these soldiers helped America win the war while their families were interned by their own government.

A buffet luncheon will follow at the Observation Post, 211 Lincoln Blvd. in the Presidio, at 12 noon. Reservations required; cost is $50 per person. The special guest speaker will be former Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), who was instrumental in the establishment of the center. To RSVP, click here.

The MIS Center will be open from 12 to 5 p.m. The public is invited to see the updated exhibits.

Shuttles are available from Japantown to Building 640 from 8:30 to 11 a.m.; from Building 640 to the Observation Post from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; from the Observation Post to Building 640 and Japantown from 2 to 5 p.m. Reservations are required ($5 per person); seating is limited. To make a reservation, click here.

Free parking is available behind Sports Basement on a first-come, first-served basis. For driving directions, click here.

For information on the free PresidiGo Shuttle, click here.

For more information, call (415) 921-5007 or email [email protected]

The exhibit includes the names of the Nisei who served in the MIS. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

The exhibit includes the names of the Nisei who served in the MIS. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

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