Dozens of Americans of Japanese Ancestry, or AJAs, turned out for the Oahu AJA Veterans Council’s 8th annual Joint Memorial Service Sunday morning at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.
The event pays tribute to those who have died in battle, and is held on the Sunday closest to the date that the first AJA was killed in action during World War II.
Retired Army Brigadier General James Hirai delivered a message on her behalf:
“The sacrifices that each of you have made deserve our greatest honor. I’m very sorry I can’t be there to join you today. Please know that your example of servant leadership serves as an inspiration to me every single day as I strive to serve Hawaii and our nation,” Asia-Pacific Center Deputy Director James Hirai said.
Sergeant Shigeo “Joe” Takata of the 100th Infantry Battalion, was killed in action in World War II on September 29, 1943.