From left: Shinye Gima (MIS), Yoshiko and 442nd RCT veteran Robert Kishinami, Flint Yonashiro (442nd RCT), Kenji Ego (442nd RCT), Roy Fujii (442nd RCT), Mitsuo Honda (442nd RCT), Richard Murashige (442nd RCT), former Gov. George Ariyoshi, (MIS), Masaharu Saito (100th Btn.), Yoshinobu Oshiro (MIS), Jack Nakamura (100th Btn.), Kazuto Shimizu (100th Btn.), Robert Honke (MIS), Andrew Sato (MIS) and Masaru Nakakura (442nd RCT). Standing behind them are (from left): Pastor Calvin Takara, retired pastor of Kaimuki Christian Church; Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito, Gov. David Ige, first lady Dawn Amano-Ige, JMS memorial speaker Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vares-Lum, Rev. Kazunori Takahashi of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, Joint Memorial Service emcee Brendan Burns and Nisei Veterans Legacy president Wesley Deguchi. Also pictured behind the group are scouts from Boy Scout Troop 100 and Cub Pack 442; JROTC cadets from Farrington, Kapolei, McKinley, Punahou and Roosevelt high schools, who assisted with the service and members of the 100th Battalion/442nd Infantry Regiment. (Photos by Wayne Shinbara)
Brendan Burns, grandson of former Hawai‘i Gov. John A. Burns — and son of the late Hawai‘i Intermediate Court of Appeals chief judge, James Seishiro Burns — emceed the Joint Memorial Service. Because of his unwavering support for AJAs, Gov. Burns was invited to join the 442nd Veterans Club as an honorary member after the war.
Maj. Gen. Vares-Lum, mobilization assistant to the commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, delivered the memorial address at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl on Sept. 28. The text of her speech will be published in a future edition of The Hawai‘i Herald.
Alan Miyamura plays a musical rendition honoring the Nisei soldiers on his bagpipe.
Ken Inouye, son of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, a 442nd RCT veteran, represented the 442nd Legacy Center (formerly the 442nd Veterans Club) in offering a floral wreath at the service.