Welcome Program and Special Veterans Panel
Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 555, Centennial, Colorado; Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 21, Arvada, Colorado, Honorary Color Guard Escorts
Jennie Chin Hansen, President-Elect, AARP
Kenny Endo, Taiko Artist, Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble
Akemi Kikumura Yano, President & CEO, Japanese American National Museum
Mustang Cadet Squadron, Colorado Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, Centennial, Colorado, Presentation of Colors
National Anthem, Elaine and Emily Kazutomi
Kaoru Watanabe, Fue Artist
Date: Friday, July 4, 2008
Time: 12:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom, 3rd Floor
In a rare Fourth of July presentation, two Medal of Honor recipients, Hiroshi Miyamura of Gallup, New Mexico, and George Sakato of Denver, Colorado, will share their heroic stories about what it was like to fight for American democracy abroad while faced with exclusion and discrimination at home. Until recently, only four Japanese Americans were recipients of the nation’s highest and rarely awarded military decoration. In 2000, President Clinton presented 20 additional Japanese Americans and two Asian Pacific Americans—all World War II veterans—with the Medal of Honor. Many sacrificed their lives so that others could live, receiving their awards posthumously. Five of these twenty-four recipients are still living.
Visit the National Museum’s exhibition, Beyond the Call of Duty: Honoring the 24 Japanese American Medal of Honor Recipients on display throughout the Conference in the Centennial Ballroom Foyer.