For those of you who missed the Virtual Memorial Day Event remembering the service and sacrifices of our Nisei veterans, a video is available. Click the post title to view links.
1. Opening Segment: https://youtu.be/J5lZ3xNQzv0
2. Message from Mayor Yves Bonjean: https://youtu.be/F0XSrhsiVBA
3. Keynote Speaker Marielle Tsukamoto: https://youtu.be/prf8n34MByk
4. Message from Shinye Gima: https://youtu.be/V5jTbjLyeHg
5. Closing of First Half: https://youtu.be/T6fG62QQ-nY
6. Back to Bruyeres & Pamela Young: https://youtu.be/IKPC_Dm2SeA
7. 100th Battalion Reenactment Group: https://youtu.be/_eV5cPgUVIE
8. Go For Broke National Education Committee: https://youtu.be/rUn6BdMZeag
9. Dream Big! & Keith Horikawa: https://youtu.be/sK4h0cf8bfY
10. Go For Broke Music Video & Kaze Jones: https://youtu.be/om1Lgt5rIzM
11. Yosh Nakamura & Closing Acknowledgements: https://youtu.be/XKTZogQk128
The memorial ceremony was presented by Master of Ceremonies, Steve Okamoto (San Mateo JACL). Rev. Henry Adams of San Mateo Buddhist Church provided the beautiful invocation that he explained as being something that embraces all religious backgrounds. The keynote speaker was Marielle Tsukamoto (Sacramento, CA), who reflected on her visit to Bruyeres. Dr. Shinye Gima (MIS vet – Honolulu) who gave a touching reflection on Memorial Day in the time of Covid-19. Todd Mizuriha (Portland, OR) performed both the National Anthem and Taps.
The memorial ceremony was followed by an educational program.
- BCo/100Btn/442RCT Re-enactment Group from Japan Video and Message with Hidenori Koda (Maizuru, JP)
- Video and Message from Go For Broke National Education Center
- Excerpts from JN Production’s “Dream Big! – A Post War Success Story: The Nisei Soldiers of WWII”
- A message from Col. Keith Horikawa, Former Commander of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, US Army Reserve (Honolulu, HI)
- Music Video and Interview with LA-based musician DC Kaze Jones (Los Angeles, CA)
- Closing Reflections by Yoshio (Yosh) Nakamura, Regimental Combat Team Veteran, (Los Angeles, CA)
A big thank you to Susan Yuen for splitting up the recordings into consumable and clear sections and for making all of the above possible.