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Day of Affirmation

  • 15 Jul 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
  • Price of Freedom Wall, National WWII Memorial, Washington DC

Day of Affirmation

Friday, July 15, 2022

National World War II Memorial

Noon-12:30 pm (ET)

Wreath Bearers:

Sandra Tanamachi, niece of Saburo Tanamachi, who was killed in action while serving with the 442nd RCT

Missy Higgins Abrunzo, daughter of  Marty Higgins, who was the commanding officer of the Texas Lost Battalion at the time the 442nd RCT rescued it. 

Wreath Escort:

LTC Robert Vokac, USA (Ret)


We hope you can join us virtually by watching a livestream of the Day of Affirmation on JAVA's Facebook page which will capture the wreath-laying ceremony at the Price of Freedom Wall, National World War II Memorial on Friday, July 15, 2021, at 12 noon (ET). 

For this year’s ceremony, LTC Robert Vokac, USA (Ret), will serve as the wreath escort. He is a grandson of COL Virgil Miller, who was the commanding officer of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team starting with the battle to save the Texas Lost Battalion. One of the two wreath bearers will be Sandra Tanamachi, whose uncle, Saburo Tanamachi, was killed in action while serving with the 442nd RCT in its efforts to save the Texas Lost Battalion and is the first Japanese American to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The other wreath bearer will be Missy Higgins Abrunzo, whose father, Marty Higgins, was the commanding officer of the Texas Lost Battalion at the time the 442nd RCT rescued it. 

National WWII Memorial Address: 1750 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. There is no convenient parking near the WWII Memorial. 

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