Plaque honoring Utah Japanese WWII veterans to be dedicated during Utah Department of Veteran Affairs annual Memorial Day program -
A plaque bearing the names of Utah veterans of the 100th/442nd RCT/MIS, who were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in 2011,will be dedicated during annual Memorial Day Services at Camp Williams.
The program will be held in the chapel May 27th, 10am, at the Utah Veterans Cemetery, 17111 Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale.
Funds for the plaque were donated by members of the Japanese American community. It is intended to be a lasting legacy to the extraordinary efforts of these brave men and women who fought for their country, while family members were detained in relocation centers.
This plaque, honoring Utah Congressional Gold Medal, recipients will be placed in a prominent location next to the Wall of Honor.
The Japanese American community appreciates Terry Schow, Executive Director, Utah Department of Veteran Affairs, for his efforts in helping to honor these veterans.
“Camp internees helped shape Utah, joining the small Japanese-American community that was already calling the Beehive State home.”
Utah JACL members: you’re welcome to attend this Saturday’s Intermountain District Council (IDC) meeting. Saturday April 7, 2012, National JACL Credit Union, 3776 Highland Drive Salt Lake City, UT 84106. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Only elected board members and their proxies can vote, but every member is welcome to attend. Please join us!
Please see the Utah CGM Committee’s Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/UT100th.442nd.MIS.CGM.Ceremony
- When: February 18, 2012
- Where: LOCATION CHANGE: The Grand America Hotel, 555 S Main Street, Salt Lake City
- Schedule: Exhibit opens 11:30 am; Luncheon noon-1:00 pm; Program 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
- Cost: $50 per adult; $25 per child under 10; $500 for table of 10. Sponsorships available (see flyer). Please register by printing and mailing a Donor Card with your personal check.
A luncheon and ceremony honoring Utah’s Japanese-American members of the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442 Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service. These units were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor awarded to civilians, on November 2, 2011, at Emancipation Hall in the United States Capitol.
The Utah CGM Organizing Committee is an all-volunteer, grassroots, not-for-profit temporary group that is not affiliated with any governmental or military organization.
Tuesday, July 26 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Surf & Swim, 429 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton Utah
You are all invited to a surf-n-swim party! Please invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family.Proceeds from the swim party will be used towards hosting a local banquet for the veterans who are receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Cost: $5.00 (includes tube)
If you have any questions, contact Suzan Yoshimura at 801-540-6056 or your local Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Chapter President.
National JACL Credit Union parking lot, 3776 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah.
8 am – 4 pm
To benefit the Salt Lake Chapter of the JACL and the Salt Lake Chapter Scholarship Fund.
Antiques – sports equipment – artwork – office supplies – books – games – clothing – tools – household decor – electronics – children’s items – furniture – and much more!
Donation drop off locations:
- National JACL Credit Union, 3776 Highland Drive (please label items “SLC JACL Rummage Sale”)
- Marc Stillman’s house, 866 E. 1700 S, 801-949-3299 (please phone ahead)
- or contact us to arrange a pick-up – Marc Stillman 801-949-3299 email@example.com or Jen Ungvichian 801-949-5706 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 6th annual Nihon Matsuri is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2011 on 100 South between 200 and 300 West in Salt Lake City. The festival will run from 10AM to 5PM, and is open to the public and free admission! There will be martial arts demonstrations, Kimono displays, Taiko drum performances, Japanese Dance, as well as performances by our guest artists from Japan:
Shinobue (flute) master Miwako Mori, and Taiko drum expert Takahito Nishino! There will be great food, including sushi, teriyaki chicken and beef, manju, and much much more!
The program is sponsored by a non-profit group of dedicated individuals, the Nihon Matsuri organization, whose goal is to share and educate the larger Utah community about Japanese and Japanese American culture, history, and traditions. The program was initiated in 2005 by Floyd Mori, National JACL Director, as a way to also pass on the Japanese traditions and culture to younger fifth, sixth, and seventh generation Japanese Americans and to help them identify with their heritage. Nihon (Japan) Matsuri (Festival) will include artist demonstrations of tea ceremony, calligraphy, doll making, martial arts such as karate, kendo, iaido, and aikido; performances of odori (dancing), singing, taiko (drums); a fashion show; displays of ikebana (flower arrangements), bonsai, paintings, dolls, historical photographs; hands-on art projects for children; and much more. A variety of Japanese food will also be available.
Japanese immigrants and their descendants have been residents of Utah communities since 1884. In Utah today, individuals of Japanese descent are represented across all income, employment, educational and social categories. Most Utahns will encounter Japanese descendants in their neighborhoods, in the workplace, in schools, and while shopping, dining, or enjoying leisure activities. Unfortunately, many younger Utahns are unaware that a “Japantown” established in approximately 1907 and located in part where the Salt Palace now stands, played an important role for both the Japanese as well as for the larger community. The proximity of Japantown to Main Street enabled a daily contact and interaction between the Japanese community and the larger community. A century of activities and memories are the legacy of a Japantown that nurtured a sense of place and identity for individuals ofJapanese descent and endures for those who value Japanese culture.
The core of Japantown was demolished in 1966 to make way for the building of the Salt Palace displacing many Japanese residents and businesses. The Japanese Church of Christ, established in 1918 and the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple, circa 1912, located on 100 South between 200 and 300 West, are the remainders of a once vibrant presence of the Japanese community. These churches continue to serve as religious sanctuaries and as havens for community gatherings and activities. Unfortunately, the location has also been a target each time a change has occurred in the needs of the Salt Palace that has galvanized the Japanese American community to work towards minimizing potential future encroachments and to reestablish a sense of belonging. To this end, the Japanese Community Preservation Committee (JCPC) in their efforts to preserve the historical significance of the 100 South block have been successful in having the street designated as “Japantown.” The dedication of the honorary designation and the completion of the Japanese garden by the Salt Palace took place during the 2007 Nihon Matsuri.
Many Japanese Americans, some associated with the Japanese Church of Christ, the Salt Lake and Ogden Buddhist Temples, the Daichi Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, three local chapters of the Japanese American Citizens League, and many other organizations and individuals collaborated for the common goal of a successful Nihon Matsuri festival. These community based organizations understand that Japanese American history, culture, and traditions are best shared through live performances and onsite experiences. These groups as well as community members of Japanese ancestry cherish the opportunity that Nihon Matsuri presents to share the Japanese culture with the Utah community and embrace the diversity that exists in the Salt Lake valley
Donations may be made by going to the JACL website www.jacl.org which has a link to Direct Relief International to make online contributions.
Checks may be made out to Japan Relief and Recovery Fund. Put JACL in the memo line and mail to: Direct Relief International, 27 South La Patera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93117.
The JACL has partnered with Direct Relief International which has decades of experience in emergency response and humanitarian assistance worldwide. They have everything in place to collect, manage, and disperse the funds in an efficient and meaningful way.
The JACL will work with Direct Relief International in determining the best avenues of distributing the cash donations. 100% of the donated funds will go to assist the victims in Japan.
Thanks to all who have already given in one way or another. If you would like to join the JACL in this effort to assist during this difficult time, please donate as suggested above.
The Utah Chapters of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) will be holding its 2011 Day of Remembrance event on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. the University of Utah, Wilford W and Dorothy P Goodwill Humanitarian Building, Community Meeting Room, 395 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City Utah. The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.
This year’s Day of Remembrance presentation in Utah will feature professional storyteller Anne Shimojima’s performance “Hidden Memories.”
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE PROGRAM
1:30 pm – “Hidden Memories” by Anne Shimojima
2:30 pm – Topaz Museum Presentation by Jane Beckwith/ Rick Okabe
2:45 pm – Break
3:00 pm – Oral History Workshop by Anne Shimojima
The Day of Remembrance marks the anniversary of the date that Executive Order (EO) 9066 was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942. EO 9066 was the presidential mandate that ordered Japanese Americans incarcerated in internment camps; it was later rescinded by President Gerald Ford on February 19, 1976. Across the nation, local chapters of the JACL hold annual events and workshops to recognize the Day of Remembrance and educate the public about the experiences of the Japanese Americans during World War II.
The JACL is the Nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organizations in the United States. The JACL has a long and proud history of ensuring civil rights in our country, not only for the Japanese American community, but for others who have faced prejudice and injustices. At this critical time in America’s history, the JACL continues to work to ensure that the American ideals of equality and justice remain ever important today, just as they have been for centuries.
For more information, please contact: Sherrie Hayashi at 801-633-3601 or at email@example.com
The three Utah JACL chapters – Salt Lake, Mt. Olympus, and Wasatch Front North – are posting their websites here for your use.