DEDICATIONS

STAMP DEDICATIONS

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FIRST CITY OF ISSUANCE DEDICATION

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

FRIDAY, JUNE 4TH, 2021

Some photos from the LA event, courtesy of Mario G. Reyes and the Stamp Our Story Committee (Los Angeles):

Floral presentation at the Japanese American National War Memorial Court (L to R): Tim Yuge, Robert Horsting, Audrey Kim, Wayne Osako, Diane Yuen, Fusa Takahashi, Lynn Franklin, Ken Hayashi, James Nakamura, Norm Franklin, Wayne King,
Floral presentation at the Go For Broke Monument. L to R, Diane Yuen, Fusa Takahashi, and Lynn Franklin. (Courtesy of Mario G. Reyes)
Ann Burroughs provides welcomes the attendees and opens with a statement on the stamp’s release. Ann is the CEO of the Japanese American National Museum, which hosted the event.
USPS Los Angeles Senior Plant Manager Daniel Hirai provides remarks on the stamp release.
Go For Broke Soldiers Stamp unveiling, by (L to R), Kimi Thompson, Fusa Takahashi, and Daniel Hirai.
Wayne King (left) and James Nakamura (right) read letters from Nisei Soldier Frank Kondo and his father. Wayne is the son of SOSC co-founder Aiko O. King.
Kimi Thompson gives remarks on the stamp release. She is the granddaughter of SOSC Founder/Co-Chair Fusa Takahashi.
Sandra Tanamachi reads the letter of Mary Pat Higgins Abrunzo, daughter of the late US Army Capt. Marty Higgins. Capt. Higgins was the commanding officer of the men who survived the “Battle of Lost Battalion” fought and won by Nisei Soldiers of the 100th/442nd RCT during World War II.
Leslie Tramer, daughter of the late US Army Lt. Erwin Blonder, gives remarks on the stamp. Lt. Blonder was one of the men of the “Lost Battalion” rescued by Nisei Soldiers during the war in France.
Dr. John Mitamura, son of the late SOSC co-founder Chiz Ohira, provides remarks on the stamp release.
SOSC Co-Chair Wayne Osako provides remarks on the stamp.
Hiroshima band members June Kuramoto and Kimo Cornwell performed “Thousand Cranes” at the ceremony.
Nisei Soldier Stamp Dedication – L to R, SOSC Co-Chair Wayne Osako, SOSC Founder/Co-Chair Fusa Takahashi, and Daniel Hirai (USPS Los Angeles Senior Plant Manager).
Nisei Veterans in attendance: L to R, Ralph Matsumoto (MIS), Yosh Nakamura (442nd RCT), and Don Miyada (100th Bn).
Dignitaries in attendance: L to R, Ralph Matsumoto (MIS), Rep. Mark Takano, Ann Burroughs (CEO, Japanese American National Museum), SOSC Founder/Co-Chair Fusa Takahashi (seated), Yosh Nakamura (442nd RCT), Don Miyada (100th Bn), and Utah State Senator Jani Iwamoto (seated).
Nisei Soldier Stamp Dedication – The USPS set up a table to sell the Go For Broke Stamp and related products at the Japanese American National Museum.

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HONOLULU, HAWAII

JUNE 4TH, 2021

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Video coming soon…

BAY AREA VIRTUAL STAMP DEDICATION

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

JUNE 4TH, 2021

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KAUAI, HAWAII

JUNE 4TH, 2021

Some photos from the event, courtesy of Carolyn Morinishi:

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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA

JUNE 5TH, 2021

 

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MINIDOKA NHS, IDAHO

JUNE 13TH, 2021

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PORTLAND, OR

JUNE 14TH, 2021