5/29 — Memorial Day Service at JACCC

May 29 — Kenneth Hayashi, President of the Japanese American Vietnam Veterans
Memorial Committee (JAVVMC) and Thomi Yamamoto, President of the
Japanese American Korean War Veterans (JAKWV) jointly announced today
that on Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 11 a.m., the annual Memorial Day
Service for all Japanese Americans who gave their lives in our
nation’s wars, will be held again, adjacent to the Japanese American
National War Memorial Court (Memorial Court) at the Japanese American
Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), located in the Little Tokyo
District of Los Angeles, California

This year’s event will be for the first time, jointly sponsored by the
JAVVMC and the JAKWV.  Our community and nation are forever indebted
to these Japanese Americans from all wars, whose names are engraved on
the four Monuments in the Memorial Court, for their supreme sacrifice
to the United States of America. .

The Co-Chairs are President Kenneth Hayashi of the JAVVMC and Past
President Minoru Tonai of the JAKWV. The Master of Ceremonies for this
event will be Ken Hayashi and the Keynote Speaker will be Ron Yamada,
the founder of the Overseas Floral Tribute Program, which places
flowers on Memorial Day at the European graves sites of Japanese
American soldiers who perished in World War II.

Participating will be representatives from the many veteran and
community organizations throughout the Southern California area.  The
Koyasan Buddhist Temple Boy Scout Troop 379 and the El Rancho High
School Marine Corp Jr. ROTC  will participate in the annual ceremony
again.  Representatives from the Buddhist and Christian faiths will
offer prayers to these brave men.

We wish all Gold Star Mothers and Families of these men, who are
memorialized on the monuments, to attend. The families, whom we have
addresses, will be invited by letter.  All those families that we do
not have addresses, or if you have not received our letter, please
contact Min Tonai by phone: (818) 591-1269; fax: (818) 591-8815; or by
email: [email protected]

We invite the general public to attend our Memorial Services, to honor
our heroes, who gave their precious lives on our behalf.  If you have
any other questions about the services, please contact Min at any of
the numbers above.