Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Johnny Cepeda Gogo obtained a WWII era, 48-star American flag with the goal of inviting ALL Japanese American incarceration camp incarcerees and Nisei veterans to sign the flag. Johnny made his third trip to the Seattle area last month to visit Nisei veterans Junks Ikeda, Shig Otani, and Kim Muromoto to sign the eighth and ninth flags. Also signing the flags in this visit was Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, whose mother was incarcerated in Minidoka with her family.
Members of NVC and other community members recently enjoyed an excellent opportunity to visit Emerald Downs and get to know the close-knit racing community. The event was hosted by Howard Belvoir (a horse trainer at Rising Star Stables) and Sally and Joe Steiner (owners of Quarter Chute Café) to reach-out to the Seattle’s Japanese business and cultural community.
It was 1953, the swing band group known as the Lotus Skyliners was about to perform onto the auditorium stage of the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple for the first time. Within this group were Japanese American teenagers who were among the youngest incarcerated in concentration camps during World War II.
On April 29, 2023 (JST), the Government of Japan announced that Mr. Hideo Dale Kaku, Former Commander of the Nisei Veterans Committee, Inc.; Mr. Akira Takeda, former local staff member of the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle; and Mr. Takeyuki Suetsugu, President of Seattle’s Japanese Restaurant Association have been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays.
The Seattle NVC and NVC Foundation will host A Day at the Races event at Emerald Downs on June 18th. The program for the 2023 event will feature horse racing, a full buffet, and some special treats. The event will be located in the Trackside Pavilion opening at 1:15 pm with Buffet Service starting at 2:30 pm and end around 6:30 pm.
The Annual NVC Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, August 21, 2023, at the Foster Golf Links, 13500 Interurban Ave South, Tukwila, WA 98168. First Tee time is at 9:00 AM. This tournament is open to all NVC and NVC Foundation members, their family, and friends!!! Only Veteran members are eligible for the coveted perpetual trophy.
NVC has joined “Cup of Joe for a Joe”, a Green Beans Coffee program that allows you to thank a member of the armed forces for their service with a hot, fresh cup of Green Beans Coffee and a personal message at over three dozen overseas bases where Green Beans Coffee has an outlet.
NVC Foundation Pie Baking Volunteers and Homemade Bakery Donations Requested! Thank you to all those who volunteered last year, to make our Bakery Booth a success! As in the past, all proceeds will go toward the NVC/NVC Foundation Scholarship Funds! This year, we will again sell Pies and Homemade-Baked Goods on a Take-Out basis only.