Here is the latest information on the Go For Broke Soldiers Commemorative Forever Stamp:
On June 4, 2021, the Stamp will be unveiled in Hawai’i. As I shared previously, for 15 years, three amazing Los Angeles (LA) Nisei women, all of whom were incarcerated during the war - Fusa Takahashi, Aiko O. King, and the late Chiz Ohira – worked tirelessly with Wayne Osako, an LA sansei, toward the creation of this Forever Stamp, as a way to tell the story of the Nisei Soldiers of World War II (WWII). Fusa and Chiz were married to Nisei Soldiers.
The Hawai’i Stamp Organizing Committee, comprised of representatives from Hawai’i’s Nisei Veteran organizations, planned this unveiling and invites the public to view it starting at 11:00 am HST on Friday, June 4, 2021, via live stream at: https://www.nvlchawaii.org
. Due to COVID concerns there will be no audience. The event will be held at the historic 100th Infantry Battalion Clubhouse in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will present a pre-recorded national stamp dedication event on June 3, 2021, the Stamp’s First Day of Issue, featuring Hawai’i’s own General David A. Bramlett, U.S. Army (Ret). The pre-recorded event may be viewed on facebook.com/USPS, or twitter.com/USPS. For more information see: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2021/0514ma-usps-will-honor-japanese-american-veterans-with-the-go-for-broke-forever-stamp.htm. Information about how to purchase this stamp is also on this website.
Other planned Hawaii events include:
- Kaua’i will be holding a Go For Broke Soldiers Commemorative Stamp unveiling event at the Līhuʻe Neighborhood Center on June 4, 2021. Mayor Derek Kawakami, State Representatives Nadine Nakamura and James Tokioka, and Nisei Veteran Norman Hashisaka will speak at the ceremony. Hō’ike Kaua’i Community Television will record the event and post the video on its YouTube channel at https://hoike.org.
- The Maui County Council will present a Resolution in Honor of Go For Broke Stamp Day on June 4, 2021, to be broadcast on Akaku Television. Mayor Michael Victorino is proclaiming the day as Go For Broke Stamp Day in a private event.
For more background on the Nisei Soldier Story and the significance of the Go For Broke Soldiers Stamp, you can also view a May 10, 2021, 30-minute ThinkTech Hawaii interview that I participated in at: https://youtu.be/LaNj40TevXw.
Mahalo for your interest in this milestone event to honor the service, sacrifice and legacy of all the Nisei Soldiers who served during WWII. Hope you can view the livestream on June 4. 2021.
Lynn Heirakuji, President, Nisei Veterans Legacy
For more information:
- To learn about the history of the Go For Broke Soldiers Commemorative Stamp and what other U.S. regions are doing to celebrate its launch go to: https://niseistamp.org
- To view the Proclamations/Messages received for the unveiling event go to the following websites after the event: