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SEPTEMBER 2012

Washington, D.C.
Press Announcement of Smithsonian Congressional Gold Medal Exhibition Tour
Sponsored by Senator Daniel Inouye, Rep. Doris Matsui, Rep. Adam Schiff, Smithsonian and National Veterans Network
United States Capitol Visitor Center
September 13, 2012
1:30pm

Altadena, California
Annual Fall Festival
Speaking about the Congressional Gold Medal - Dr. Craig Uchida
September 15, 2012
3:00pm - 8:00pm
Sponsored by First Presbyterian Church,

Marysville, California
Marysville JACL
Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for former local veterans, who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team or the Military Intelligence Service during WWII
Marysville Buddhist Church Annex
September 15, 2012, 2:00p
Public is cordially invited to attend

Morton Grove, Illinois
Chicago Nisei Post Installation of Officers & Scholarship Award luncheon
Morton Grove Legion Memorial Civic Center
6140 West Dempster Avenue, Morton Grove, IL
September 16, 2012, 1:00p – 5:00p

Portland, Oregon
Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Annual Banquet
"Telling the Story of O.N.E. for the Good of All"
Honoring Masako "Massie" Hinatsu and Alice E. Sumida
Keynote Speaker: Ellen Rosenblum, Attorney General, State of Oregon
Sunday, September 16, 2012, Noon
Multnomah Athletic Club
RSVP via www.oregonnikkei.org

Greensboro, North Carolina
Spirit of America, United States Army "live action" show
Honoring the 442nd RCT Battle of the Lost Battalion
Watch as soldiers bring history to life with this year’s Spirit of America performance. Told by today’s soldiers, Spirit of America captures the true stories of those who have answered the call to duty for our nation and pays tribute to the sacrifices and triumphs of the American Soldier.
September 14 -15, 2012 Greensboro Coliseum, North Carolina
Sponsored by United States Army Military District of Washington
http://www.soa.mdw.army.mil/

Columbia, South Carolina
Spirit of America, United States Army "live action" show
Honoring the 442nd RCT Battle of the Lost Battalion
Watch as soldiers bring history to life with this year’s Spirit of America performance. Told by today’s soldiers, Spirit of America captures the true stories of those who have answered the call to duty for our nation and pays tribute to the sacrifices and triumphs of the American Soldier.
September 21-22, 2012 Colonial Life Arena, South Carolina
Sponsored by United States Army Military District of Washington
http://www.soa.mdw.army.mil/

Honolulu, Hawaii
Joint Memorial Service for 100th, 442, MIS & 1399 Engineers at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl)
September 30, 2012
Public Invited

Las Vegas, Nevada
Friends and Family of Nisei Veterans (FFNV)
Annual Nisei Veterans Reunion at California Hotel
While core attendees are from 442/E, I and L Companies and MIS, we welcome all Nisei veterans, spouses and their family members. If interested, please contact Lawson Sakai (lawson.sakai@gmail.com) or Jean Hirasaki (jthirasaki@gmail.com)
September 30 to October 4, 2012
Open to everyone

 

 

OCTOBER 2012

Fresno, California
Unveiling of Phase III of the Fresno Assembly Center Memorial, includes bronze Wall of Names
Big Fresno Fair
October 3, 2012, 11:00a

Portland, Oregon
Oregon Nikkei Endowment
"Coming Home: Japanese Americans in Portland After World War II"
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
121 NW 2nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
October 2012-February 2013

 

 

NOVEMBER 2012

New York, New York (cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy)
Congressional Gold Medal Celebration for New York area
Hosted by New York JACL and Asian American Research Institute, New York City
November 4, 2012
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Honolulu, Hawaii
MIS Bonenkai (Year End Party)
November 4, 2012

Houston, Texas
Japanese American Citizens League – Houston Chapter
Bi-Monthly General Membership Meeting & Dinner
November 4, 2012
3:00pm
Bellaire, Texas

Rocklin, California
Placer JACL
Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for former local veterans, who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team or the Military Intelligence Service during WWII
Rocklin Community Center
5480 5th Street, Rocklin, CA
CGM ceremony follows Bronze Star Ceremony, which starts at 10:00 a.m.
November 10, 2012
Public invited, please RSVP to Gary Hongo at shongo@surewest.net

San Francisco, California
NJAHS Veterans Day Observance 
Hosted by National Japanese American Historical Society
Date, Time and Location TBD
Check link: http://njahs.org/programs.php

 

 

DECEMBER 2012

Honolulu, Hawaii
MIS Christmas Party
December 9, 2012

Houston, Texas
Bonenkai Holiday Dinner
Hosted by the Japanese American Citizens League – Houston Chapter
December 16, 2012 , 3:00pm-6:00pm
Nippon Restaurant, Houston, TX

 

 

JANUARY 2013

Honolulu, Hawaii
MIS New Years Party
January 27, 2013

Portland, Oregon
Mochitsuki
Scottish Rite Center
Sponsored by: Portland JACL, Portland Taiko, Oregon Nikkei Endowment, Konko Church
January 27, 2013

Houston, Texas
Japanese American Citizens League – Houston Chapter
New Year's General Membership Meeting & Dinner
January 27, 2013, 3:00pm
Bellaire, Texas

 

 

FEBRUARY 2013

Morgan Hill, California
FFNV Membership Meeting
Saturday, February 9, 2013, 11:30AM
Potluck lunch will be served
Tom Graves will talk about Twice Heroes: America's Nisei Veterans of World War II and Korea. Mr. Graves' books will be available for sale.
Morgan Hill Buddhist Community Center
Brian Shiroyama, bshiroyama@gmail.com, (408) 896-1021

Houston, Texas
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Special Film Screening related to the Day of Remembrance
Film: "Pilgrimage" by Tadashi Nakamura
Presented by the Asia Society Texas Center
Co-presented by the Japanese American Citizens League - Houston Chapter, and the Holocaust Museum Houston
Pre-screening reception at 1:30pm; Film screening at 2:00pm
Post-screening discussion with filmmaker Tad Nakamura & JACL-Houston and Holocaust Museum Houston representatives

Merced, California
Day of Remembrance Dinner
Saturday, February 16th, 2013, 5:00 to 8:30 PM
Sponsored by the Livingston-Merced Chapter of Japanese American Citizens League (JACL).
Theme will be Baseball in the Camps with Dr. Sam Regalado of CSU Stanislaus as the keynote speaker.
On Sale at the Dinner will be the documentary, The Merced Assembly Center: Injustice Immortalized
Merced County Fairgrounds, Pavilion Building
For questions, contact: Bob Taniguchi, Taniguchi.R@mccd.edu, Janet janetf127@gmail.com, or Adrienne, akiwata@comcast.net
Open to the Public

Fresno, California
Sunday, February 17, 2013, noon reception, 1 pm program and luncheon
Day of Remembrance Banquet featuring local artist Nikiko Masumoto performing her one-woman show, "What We Could Carry,"
The event will also include silent auction, 50/50 raffle and installation of officers
Central California District Council of the Japanese American Citizens League
Pardini's Restaurant in Fresno, California.
For more information, contact Marcia Chung, r_mchung@yahoo.com, or Roberta Barton, rbarton4106@comcast.net

Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, February 17, 2013, 2:00 PM
Day of Remembrance
Imprisoned in Paradise: Japanese Internee Road Workers at the World War II Kooskia Internment Camp, a presentation by historian Priscilla Wegars, PhD
Hosted by Japanese American Service Committee, Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, Japanese American Citizens League – Chicago Chapter, Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago, Chicago Japanese American Council
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street,

Portland, Oregon
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Day of Remembrance
Hoffman Hall, PSU
Sponsored by: Portland JACL and Portland State University

San Francisco, California
Sunday, February 17, 2013. 2:00p - 4:00p
Day of Remembrance: Observing the 71st anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, sending more than 120,000 persons of Japanese descent, to internment camps located throughout the country.
Hosted by National Japanese American Historical Society
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas (1881 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94115)
Check link: http://dayofremembrance.org/
http://njahs.org/programs.php

Houston, Texas
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 7:00pm
Day of Remembrance Dinner
Sponsored by the Japanese American Citizens League – Houston Chapter
Fung's Kitchen Restaurant, Houston, TX

 

 

MARCH 2013

Houston, Texas
Sunday, March 17, 2013, 3:00pm
Japanese American Citizens League – Houston Chapter
Bi-Monthly General Membership Meeting & Dinner
Bellaire, Texas

San Francisco, California
Annual Dinner
Hosted by National Japanese American Historical Society
End of March
Time & Location TBD
Check link: http://njahs.org/programs.php

 

 

APRIL 2013

Washington, DC
Saturday, April 6, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk
National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism

Portland, Oregon
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Sakura Sunday
Japanese American Historical Plaza
Sponsored by: Japan American Society of Oregon (JASO)

Morton Grove, Illinois
Sunday, April 7, 2013, 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Ceremony honoring Chicago Nisei Post members who are recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal.
Sponsored by Chicago Nisei Post
Morton Grove American Legion Memorial Civic Center, 6140 West Dempster Avenue
Contact: Howard Hieshima, hhcnp1183@gmail.com, (773) 814-8095

San Francisco, California
Sat-Sun, April 13-14 and Sat-Sun, April 20-21, 2013
46th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
Hosted by Japantown Merchants’ Association
Japantown, San Francisco, CA
Check link: http://nccbf.org/

Houston, Texas
Sat-Sun, April 13-14, 2013
Japan Festival at Hermann Park
Sponsored by the partner organizations of the Japanese Community Coalition of Houston
Houston, Texas

 

 

MAY 2013

Portland, Oregon
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Graduation Banquet
Multnomah Athletic Club
Sponsored by
• Buddhist Daihonzan Henjyoji Temple
• Epworth United Methodist Church
• Gresham-Troutdale Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
• Japanese Ancestral Society (Nikkei Jinkai)
• Japanese Women’s Society (Nikkei Fujinkai)
• Nichiren Buddhist Temple
• Oregon Buddhist Temple
• Oregon Nisei Veterans
• Portland Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
• Shokookai
• Veleda

Honolulu, Hawaii
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Go for Broke Association
36rd Annual Meeting

Oakland, California
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Memorial service on Armed Forces
Roberts Park Oakland Hills, Oakland, CA
Picnic will follow
Brian Shiroyama, bshiroyama@gmail.com, (408) 896-1021.

Honolulu, Hawaii
Saturday, May 25, 2013
MIS Club of Honolulu
Placing of Floral decorations for 200+ fallen comrades at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) & Kaneohe Veterans Cemetery

Chicago, Illinois
Monday, May 27, 2013, 11 am
Nikkei Community Memorial Day Service
Hosted by: Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago
Place: Montrose Cemetery, 5400 N. Pulaski

Portland, Oregon
Monday, May 27, 2013
Memorial Day Service
Rose City Cemetery, Portland, OR
Co-sponsored by
• Oregon Nisei Veterans, Inc.
• Japanese Ancestral Society

Seattle, Washington
Monday, May 27, 2013, 10:00 am
2013 NVC/NVC Foundation Memorial Day Service
Lake View Cemetery

San Francisco, California
NJAHS Memorial Observance
Hosted by National Japanese American Historical Society
Date, Time and Location TBD
Check link: http://njahs.org/programs.php

Portland, OR
Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Strawberry Golf Tournament
Langdon Farms Golf Club
Date: TBD

 

 

JUNE 2013

Portland, Oregon
Thurs - Sun, June 20-23rd, 2013
Minidoka Pilgrimage
To Twin Falls, Idaho
Sponsored by: Minidoka Planning Committee

 

 

JULY 2013

Seattle, Washington
Thurs - Sun, July 4-7, 2013
Speaking Up: Democracy Justice Dignity
A national conference commemorating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988
Sponsored by the Japanese American National Museum and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc.
Sheraton Seattle Hotel 
http://www.janm.org/events/2013/conference/

Washington, DC
Wed - Fri, July 24 - 26, 2013
National JACL 2013 Convention, "Justice For All"
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

 

 

AUGUST 2013

Portland, Oregon
Saturday, Aug 3, 2013
Obon Festival
Oregon Buddhist Temple

Portland, Oregon
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Nikkei Community Picnic
Oaks Amusement Park
Sponsored by Portland JACL

Alameda, California
Saturday, August 24, 2013, 11:00 AM
Meeting aboard the USS Hornet in Museum
Pier 3, Alameda, CA
Brian Shiroyama, bshiroyama@gmail.com, (408) 896-1021

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2013

Portland, Oregon
Sat - Sun, September 28-29, 2013
Festival Japan
Uwajimaya
Beaverton, OR
Sponsored by JASO

Honolulu, Hawaii
Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, 9-10:30 am
MIS Club of Honolulu
Joint Memorial Service of the Oahu AJA Veterans Council
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl)

 

 

OCTOBER 2013

Honolulu, Hawaii
Go For Broke Scholarship Golf Tournament
Location TBD
October 2013

Chicago, Illinois
October 19, 2013, 10:30 am to noon (tentative)
Opening Ceremony: Congressional Gold Medal Exhibition
Place: Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street

Las Vegas, NV
Sun - Thurs, October 20 - 24, 2013
FFNV Nisei Veterans’ Reunion
California, Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
While core attendees are from 442/E, I and L Companies and MIS, we welcome all Nisei veterans, spouses and their family members.
If interested, please contact Lawson Sakai (lawson.sakai@gmail.com) or Jean Hirasaki (jthirasaki@gmail.com)

 

 

NOVEMBER 2013

Portland, Oregon
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Veterans Day Observance
Rose City Cemetery and Willamette National Cemetery
Sponsored by Oregon Nisei Veterans

Honolulu, HI
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 10 am to 2 pm
MIS Bonenkai Party
Natsunoya Tea House
1935 Makanai Drive, Honolulu, HI 96817

San Francisco, California
Veterans Day Observance 
Hosted by National Japanese American Historical Society
Date, Time and Location TBD
Check link: http://njahs.org/programs.php

 

 

DECEMBER 2013

Honolulu, Hawaii
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 10 am to 2 pm.
MIS Christmas Party
Masa's Cafeteria
910 Mapunapuna Street
Honolulu, HI 96819

Go For Broke Association
Memorial Services (Private)
At National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), Mililani Memorial Park, and Hilo Memorial Park
2nd Saturday each December