Editor’s note: Earlier this year, outgoing MIS Veterans Club of Hawaii president George Arine asked me to be the speaker at the club’s New Year’s gathering at the Natsunoya Tea House. With an issue to send to press every other week, my initial thought was to politely decline. But as the days went by, giving me time to mull over the invitation, I had a change of heart and decided to accept George’s invitation so that I could discuss a subject that had been simmering in my mind for quite a while — the perpetuation of the Nisei veterans’ legacy. The following is the text of my talk.
Aloha . . . Good Morning . . .
Thank you for inviting me to join you at your shinnen enkai, as you always do . . . and mahalo for inviting me to share some thoughts with you.
One of your MIS “sons” — Mark Matsunaga — and I have known each other from our days as students at the University of Hawai‘i. In recent years, our connection as the baby boomer children of AJA veterans who served in World War II revived our friendship.