Continuing a 14-year tradition, the Japanese American Korean War Veterans will host a hospitality room at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and a booth at the Japanese American National War Memorial Court and march in the parade during Nisei Week.
JAKWV President Thomi Yamamoto and Chairman Wally Takata said that members from out of town are cordially invited. In the past few years, many Korean War vets have marched or ridden in jeeps in the parade, and it is hoped that the number will increase even though the vets’ ranks are slowly getting smaller.
This year, some veterans from the Purple Heart Association will also march in the parade.
Jeeps and trucks will be available for those who are unable to march.
Several veterans and family members from organizations representing vets from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the Iraq/Afghanistan wars have visited in past years.
The hospitality area, which will have food and refreshments, will be located on the second floor of the JACCC, 244 S. San Pedro St. near Third Street in Little Tokyo. All veterans, vets’ widows and families are invited.
The JAKWV booth at the War Memorial Court, located in front of the JACCC, will have flowers available for those who wish to pay their respects to those who gave their lives in all of America’s wars.
Remember these dates:
Saturday, Aug. 13 — Hospitality room from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 14 — Hospitality room from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., parade at 5 p.m.