On July 15, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. EST, the Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) will commemorate the second annual Day of Affirmation at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. This date marks the 75th anniversary of President Harry S. Truman’s review of the returning 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) on the White House Ellipse on July 15, 1946.
This event is called the “Day of Affirmation” by JAVA because President Truman’s salute to the Japanese American soldiers that “You fought not only the enemy, but you fought prejudice – and you have won…” affirms that all the Japanese American soldiers who served during World War II are America’s heroes and removes any doubt that they are loyal citizens of the United States of America.
The JAVA ceremony will include the presentation of a wreath at the Price of Freedom Wall, where each gold star represents 100 American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Eight stars represent the Japanese Americans who died defending America’s freedoms during World War II.
The military escort for this year’s event is LT Caitlin Takahashi-Pipkin, MC, USNR, granddaughter of Kazuo and Fusa Takahashi. Kazuo Takahashi served in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II and died in 1977. LT Takahashi-Pipkin is a medical doctor who is currently completing a General Surgery Residency at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and reports to the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED).