Welcome Consul General Iyori and Mrs. Iyori. The Nikkei Community Network (NCN) sponsored a community welcome event for the new Consul General of Japan in Seattle, Makoto IYORI, and his spouse, Yuko Iyori on November 3rd at NVC Memorial Hall. Over 80 members representing 24 different organizations were on hand to welcome the Iyori’s.
Colonel Kay Wakatake, USA-ret, was invited by the Tacoma Historical Society and Edward Rhodes-Parkland American Legion Post 2 to be their distinguished speaker for their Veterans Day event.
Lotus Skyliners book signing at the Nisei Veterans Hall. For those who may not have been around in the 1950s and 1960s, the Lotus Skyliners were a popular swing band that performed in and around the Seattle area and up and down the West Coast.
The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center is currently showing its exhibit “One Puka-Puka: The Purple Heart Battalion”. This exhibit sheds light on the formation and remarkable journey of the 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), famously known as the “Purple Heart Battalion,” during World War II.
The Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizens League is building the Remembrance Gallery to bring awareness and to commemorate the Japanese and Japanese Americans unjustly incarcerated in 1942 on the Puyallup Fairgrounds.
One of the first places Consul General Iyori and Mrs. Iyori visited after arriving in Seattle on October 24th was the NVC Memorial Hall and the Nisei War Memorial at Lake View Cemetery.