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Pop Display at Nisei Veterans Memorial Center

Posted April 13, 2017, 05:01 PM HST
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Bo Mahoe at the pop-up display of
WWII vignettes located at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center.

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center hosts a pop-up display of WWII vignettes, which is open to the public through May 26, 2017.  Hours are Monday through Friday, from 12 to 4 p.m.

The display includes information on music of the Nisei soldiers, which provided both entertainment for the troops and maintained traditions of military ceremonies.

It also includes personal memorabilia from the collections of Pfc. Susumu Fukuyoshi of the 100th Infantry Battalion and Pfc. Hiroichi Tomita of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

During World War II, approximately 33,000 Japanese Americans served in the US Armed Forces. They fought in Europe, in the Pacific, and in Asia. While they fought overseas, many of their families were imprisoned in internment camps.

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Nisei veterans volunteered to serve their country, even as the country questioned their loyalty. They proved that loyalty on the faraway battlefields, becoming the most highly decorated unit in US Army history for its size and length of service.

NVMC’s mission is to ignite the potential in people by inspiring them to find the hero in themselves through the legacy of the Nisei Veterans.

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center owns and manages an intergenerational campus on Go For Broke Place in Kahului that serves as a home for Kansha Preschool, Maui Adult Day Care Center’s Oceanview facility, the Stanley Izumigawa Pavilion and the NVMC Education Center.

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