Monday, November 10, 2014

Honoring Veterans Worldwide - Hawaii Chapter

Aloha SALUTE!

Originally posted: November 2, 2011






Today, proud, elderly, Japanese-American veterans
of World War II,
including 60 honorees from our Hawaii
finally
received
their Congressional Gold Medal.



  More than 400 Nisei veterans took part
  in Congressional Gold Medal events.

Today's ceremony took place
in Emancipation Hall
at  the U.S. Capitol.


The medal was awarded collectively


click on the photos to be awed









They  served this country with much-noted heroism despite the fact that some had parents and siblings confined to internment camps at a time when Japanese Americans faced distrust unmatched by anything directed towards German Americans.


Jack Nakamura, 88,
who was wounded twice
told a reporter last week: 

"That's one reason why I joined, volunteered, too.
They were calling me 'Jap' and stuff like that.
My mother said, 'No, don't join up.'
But I joined up anyway," recalled Nakamura,
a 100th Infantry Battalion veteran.


"After all that we went through and all that,
and to be recognized for what we did 
and all that, I'm grateful to the government
for awarding us this medal,"
said Takashi Shirakata,
a 442nd Regimental Combat Team veteran.


When these veterans arrived in Washington, D.C. this past Monday morning they received a special honor at the airport as their plane was saluted with jets of water from airport firefighters. 


The medal itself will be archived at the 
Smithsonian Institution.

Each Hawaii veteran will receive their own as well.

Many of these aging heroes aren't able to attend the Washington events, so a celebration is being planned
for them here in Waikiki in December.


 I walk past this memorial on my way
to my Waikiki Post Office




If we 
would put country and family
ahead of self
as these men did,
many losing their lives,
their companions,
then America
would be
America
again.


Amen.


Thank You for sharing in this.
YOUR comment is valued.


                                                 warmly, cloudia




19 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

bless them for their bravery.

Cloudia said...

Thanks, Tex. I agree totally

ayala said...

Bless them and their sacrifice.

Elephant's Child said...

Lest we forget...

Cloudia said...

Agree

William Kendall said...

Quite an impressive monument, Cloudia. I was more familiar with the 442nd.

Small Kucing said...

Bless them for their sacrifice

DeniseinVA said...

A brilliant post Cloudia, and bless these dear gentlemen for their service, and to all veterans. We shall always remember.

TALON said...

I'm so glad they got the recognition they truly deserve. I guess it's a case of better late than never. I thank all those who have served and continued to serve and bless those who have fallen. Beautiful post, Cloudia.

rupam sarma said...

Great post

Cloudia said...

Glad to see you, friends

ladyfi said...

A moving post. I just hope we learn from them and make peace not war.

Teresa said...

Thanks for reminding us of these heroes.

Intangible Hearts said...

Such brave men--I'm so glad they will be honored locally.

yearful-of-sundays.com said...

Thanks for sharing this. It's important to remember and honour these souls.

Bob Bushell said...

Good men and women.

Dina said...

Finally getting the recognition and thanks they have long deserved.
I can never see a video or movie of the Go For Broke soldiers without crying. God bless them!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I'm awed every time I think about what these brave soldiers endured Cloudia. Lovely tribute here today.

Hilary said...

A wonderful post. It's heartening to see those who have sacrificed remembered and honoured. Our Remembrance Day ceremony just ended.