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Our time-honored tradition of remembering our soldiers who gave their lives in service to our country was held on Memorial Day at Lake View Cemetery.  Two direct descendants of MIA Japanese American Private Edward Ikebe were present and recognized. These two are from the Nisqually and Puyallup tribes — tribes whose rights and prime farmland were taken away many years ago.  Thousands of Nisqually non-combatants were forced into internment camps on Fox Island in the mid 1800’s. Many died miserably due to lack of food, water, and inhospitable living conditions. 

They too, want their young people to carry on their story.

I would like to thank all the people who helped with three great events this past month.  Bob Kiga and so many others in making the Memorial Day celebration great.  Bev Kashino, Paul Murakami, and their crew, that helped install bricks, give tours, and make it a memorable day for those families.  And lastly Keith Yamaguchi and all the luncheon folks who monthly brighten the day of so many.  Thank you all so much!