I am honored to announce that JAVA’s Veterans Day Program has been selected by the Veterans Day National Committee, which is a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs, as one of the “Veterans Day observances throughout the country that represents a fitting tribute to America’s heroes.” You can find the listing on the Department of Veterans Affairs website at https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/ or https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/docs/2020-Veterans-Day-Regional-Sites.pdf.
In keeping with its long tradition, JAVA will sponsor the Veterans Day Program on, Wednesday, November 11th at the National Japanese American Memorial in Washington, DC. RDML Andrew Sugimoto (USCG) will be our main Veterans Day Program speaker. Currently, he serves as the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Intelligence.
The National Japanese American Memorial Foundation will be a co-sponsor again this year. The program will start at 2:00 pm EST (11:00 am PST, 9:00 am PST), rain or shine.
There will be a substantial change to the program this year due to COVID-19 concerns. The program will be live streamed via Facebook. Viewers can go to the JAVA website at JAVA-US.org and clicking on the Veterans Day Program webpage. Interested persons are encouraged to watch the program online via Facebook rather than attending in person due to COVID-19 concerns.
At the last JAVA Executive Council meeting held on September 19, 2020, David Iwata was appointed as JAVA Regional Representative for Southern California and Lynn Mariano was appointed as JAVA Regional Representative for Hawaii. We look forward to having Lynn and David joining the JAVA leadership team and having them help connect JAVA events with area members and other organizations.