Dedication Ceremony at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl Crater
The memorial monument was a project of the Sons & Daughters of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and S&D members Laura Hirayama, Colleen Hirai and Mae Isonaga worked very hard in planning and getting approval for the monument, purchasing the plaque and marble stone base and organizing the dedication ceremony.
In the hallowed atmosphere of Punchbowl/Puowaina and blessed with beautiful weather, S&D President Grace Tsubata Fujii welcomed the audience, which included eight 442nd veterans along with sons and daughters and family and friends.
See these few selected photos of the dedication ceremony.
The S&D offer their warmest “Mahalo” to the following for their contributions leading to this dedication:
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, National Cemetery of the Pacific
James Horton, Director and Gene Maestas, Public Affairs Specialist
Members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Franklin Bronze Plaque Company
Honor Life Memorial
from the Memorial Plaque committee