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Scenes from the 2017 74th 442nd Anniversary Banquet at the Sheraton Waikiki
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Photos of the 442nd veterans that attended this year’s banquet
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442ND GEORGE COMPANY VETERANS AND FAMILIES AND FRIENDS REUNION 2017
Yes, we are having another George Company and Friends Reunion for 2017. This year our get together will take place in Cabazon at the Morongo Casino and Resort. We are planning to go on a tour of the Go For Broke National Education Center in Japan town if there is enough interest on Monday morning, April 24th. Some of us will be going to Morongo to stay from Monday, the 24th and checking out on the 27th. The actual dinner will be on Tuesday, the 25th and the hospitality luncheon will be on Wednesday, the 26th. We are looking to getting a shuttle for those who need a ride to Go For Broke National Education Center and or Morongo.
Ann Kabasawa can make the hotel reservation for you or if you wish you can call Morongo direct at 1-800-252-4499 or 951-849-3080 and state that this reservation is for 442nd George Company Veterans Reunion to get the special rate. Don’t send in any monies for the meals as we are still working on the exact price.
There is a free shuttle to the Desert Hills Premium Outlet from the Morongo Casino…..very huge outlet mall.
We hope that all of will be able to stay at the hotel since they are gracious enough to block off rooms for us.
Please fill out the form if you are planning to attend so that I have an idea of the count.
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If you have any questions, please call Ann Kabasawa at (808) 781-8540 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see all of you there!!!
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The Nisei Veterans Legacy is holding a fundraising event on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Please help the NVL continue its efforts to preserve and promulgate the legacy of the Nisei soldiers of World War II by attending and/or making a donation.
The theme of the Nisei Veterans Legacy fundraiser is “Preserving the Past, Inspiring the Future”. The event will be at the Pomaika‘i Ballroom, Dole Cannery Iwilei on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 pm starting with a silent auction. The keynote speaker will be former Governor George Ariyoshi. Cost is $75 per person which includes complimentary heavy pupus and one drink. To sign up, please contact Shirley Igarashi at email@example.com. The deadline for registration is Feb.20, contact Shirley prior to this date.
Governor George Ariyoshi and family at his 88th birthday party
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UPDATE 2 – Assistance Needed
• ALL S&D members and families attending the banquet
Assistance is needed on banquet day:
1) Drivers may be needed to pick up veterans/wives and elder guests and bring to the Sheraton.
2) Help may be needed to escort veterans from drop-off at the Sheraton drive way (by valet service) to the ballroom, before and after the event. Wheelchairs will be available for those who need to use one. Arrival time for volunteers, 8:45 please.
3) Helpers to place favors and centerpieces on tables. Arrival time 8:00.
Please email Mae Isonaga, firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with any of these duties.
• Come Early! The banquet committee will show a 23 minute documentary, “Senator Inouye: As Told By His Son”, by Gloria Borland. The planned time slot will be approx. 1000, after the picture taking of veterans at 0930.
• Note on menu: There has been a small change to the meat entree, which will now feature chicken only instead of chicken and short ribs. The vegetarian option for those who selected this with your registration will feature portobello ravioli.
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By Gail Nishimura, S&D
It was a very interesting afternoon. To see and talk to many veterans and their families was really something that I will remember for a long time. There were so many people who came out to honor the veterans and the slide show that was playing in the background was an additional highlight. It was nice to see my uncle’s picture when it popped up.
Most of the veterans posed for the official picture, I think this was a big challenge for the photographers. But the photo came out really nice!
The mistress of ceremonies, Leslie Wilcox, kept the program moving smoothly. I was really impressed with the speakers, starting with Governor David Ige, followed by former Governor George Ariyoshi, and our keynote speaker Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. When I first heard that Gov. Ariyoshi was with the MIS, I was really surprised. Thought he was too young to be in the war! (Although he didn’t go into the service until 1944 and is about four years younger than my uncle, who was also in the MIS).
I enjoyed the speakers and each brought a slightly different perspective to how the war affected their families and their own lives. Gov. Ige’s father was part of the 100th Infantry Battalion, already noted was Gov. Ariyoshi’s service in the MIS, and Admiral Harris’ mother was from Japan & he was raised in Tennessee. Seems that Gov. Ariyoshi and my uncle had the similar “notice” from Uncle Sam…one day my uncle was in 522B at Camp Shelby and the next day he was headed to Fort Snelling in Minnesota! Gov. Ariyoshi thought he was getting out of the service but was sent to Fort Snelling instead. (Note: my uncle now lives in Tennessee!)
One of my tablemates at the tribute was a Leilehua grad like me and we were impressed with the Leilehua High School Honors Chorus – nice to see our alma mater represented! Good job!
Overall, I enjoyed the day, seeing old friends and meeting new ones. The speeches were inspiring and makes me want to try and be a better person and live up to what my parents tried to teach me as a person of Japanese ancestry.
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