Honolulu (April 10, 2016) — Hundreds gathered today at the 442nd Veterans Club’s 73rd Anniversary Banquet, where U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) delivered remarks to honor the veterans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team for their service and sacrifice on the battlefields of World War II, and presented a congressional proclamation to the organization’s President Bill Thompson, to thank its members for their more than seven decades of dedication to serving their country and community. Click here to download video excerpts from the congresswoman’s remarks.
“This is such an incredible celebration of our living treasures—our nation’s living treasures, and our local Hawaiʻi treasures,” said Gabbard said, a twice-deployed Major with the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard, about the special gathering. “Every day that we get the chance to say thank you for your incredible bravery, for the example that you’ve set, and for the service and sacrifice that you and your family members have given to all of us—that is a very special day.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard spoke about the significance of the event’s theme, 44nd: The Legacy Begins, “Your legacy of service will continue on through your stories, through your lives, the things you’ve shared with us. It will continue on through your sons and daughters and this great organization, the 442nd Veterans Club, that makes sure that you are always remembered, and it lives on through the soldiers that continue to serve proudly in the 100th/442, who proudly wear that ‘Go for Broke’ patch on their uniforms, knowing that it not only represents this country, but it represents the great heroes who have come before us.”