By Chinami Daima The North American Post
The Nisei Veterans Committee and NVC foundation held its 71st annual Memorial Day Service at Lake View Cemetery in Capitol Hill to honor all who have died in service of their country. Around 130 community members and representatives participated in the event.
This year, Lieutenant General Stephen R. Lanza, Commanding General, I Corps Joint Base LewisMcChord, was invited as the keynote speaker.
Lanza asked attendees to raise their hands if they were members of the 442nd regimental combat team, the 100th Battalion or the Military Intelligence Service and said, “Thank you for carrying on the great legacy of the U.S. military.”
“Their service reminded us why we are able to enjoy daily life,” he continued to say about Nikkei soldiers’ humble tribute to the country.
Over a dozen wreaths & flower bouquets from community groups and organizations were placed in front of the Nisei War Memorial Monument.
Memorial Day Tradition
White River Buddhist Temple and resident minister Rev. Koshin Ogui held the temple’s traditional annual cemetery visit memorial service on Monday. Ogui visited five cemeteries including Sumner Cemetery in Sumner, Mountain View Cemetery in Auburn, Auburn Pioneer Cemetery, Hillcrest Burial Park in Kent and Washington Memorial in Seatac.
Photos courtesy of Joe Watanabe
メモリアルデーの伝統週末行事となる日系墓地墓参りが開かれた。オーバン市の 白河本願寺仏教会は５月30日、小杭好臣開教使がサムナー市のサムナー墓地、オー バン市のマウンテンビュー墓地、パイオニア墓地、ケント市のヒルクレスト墓地、シー タック市のワシントン記念墓地を訪れ、日系家族とともに特別法要を行った。
（写真提供 ＝ ジョー・渡辺）