Go For Broke National Education Center's eTorch - December 2018

A Year in Review: Thank you for 2018!

As we say goodbye to 2018, we're reflecting back on an extremely successful and eventful year for Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC), with an impactful calendar full of programs and events. From taking our traveling exhibit "Courage and Compassion" to new communities across the country to welcoming more than 1,700 students and over 15,000 visitors to the Center, we are continuing to reach more hearts and minds every year. Here are some of the year's best highlights.

"Courage & Compassion" Opens in Kingsburg


On January 5, 2018, "Courage and Compassion" opened in Kingsburg, California, at the Kingsburg Historical Park. 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) veteran Robert Yano spent almost every day at the exhibition, serving as a docent.

Volunteer Appreciation


On, January 27, 2018, GFBNEC hosted a luncheon to show its appreciation for all the wonderful volunteers who support the organization.

"Courage & Compassion" Opens in Oberlin


On February 16, 2018, "Courage and Compassion" opened in Oberlin, Ohio at Oberlin College. The exhibition focused on the over 35 Japanese American students welcomed to Oberlin College during World War II.

GFBNEC Introduces Stairwell Enhancements

stairwellIn March 2018, GFBNEC proudly unveiled an enhanced stairwell leading up to its "Defining Courage" exhibition. The enhancements infused additional content throughout lobby and stairwell and included narration by George Takei. This was all possible through a generous donation from the Tamaki/Karatsu family.

Proof of Loyalty Screening


On March 31, 2018, GFBNEC partnered with JANM to screen "Proof of Loyalty," a documentary on the life of Kazuo Yamane, a member of the 100th Infantry Battalion from Hawai'i that would also serve in the Military Intelligence Service. Filmmaker Lucy Ostrander and MIS veteran and JANM volunteer Larry Oshima joined GFBNEC President & CEO Mitch Maki for a panel discussion following the screening.

"Courage & Compassion" Opens in Rochester


On April 12, 2018, "Courage and Compassion" opened in Rochester, Minnesota at the Olmsted History Center. During World War II, Saint Mary's School of Nursing welcomed Japanese American nursing students

Volunteer Retreat


On April 28, 2018, GFBNEC hosted a one-day retreat with a group of volunteers to exchange feedback for upcoming plans for organizational initiatives and events.

GFBNEC Unveils New Signage


In May 2018, GFBNEC installed new signage near its entrance on 1st Street.

"Portraits of Courage" Opens

pocOn May 3, 2018, "Portraits of Courage: Photographs by Shane Sato" opened at GFBNEC's location in Downtown Los Angeles' Little Tokyo. The exhibit, which ran through June 10th, featured Sato's portraits of Nisei veterans.

Screening at Fox Studios


On May 23, 2018, GFBNEC and a group of Nisei veterans were invited to 21st Century Fox (21CF) Studios by APEX (Asian Pacific Entertainment Connection) and Vets, two 21CF Colleague Network & Resource Groups (CNRGs). In addition to a speaker panel with Nisei World War II veterans, the event featured a screening of "Unknown Warriors of World War II."

Memorial Day Tribute in Denver


On May 28, 2018, GFBNEC President & CEO Mitch Maki traveled to Denver, CO to serve as the keynote speaker for the Japanese American community's Memorial Day tribute to the Nisei soldiers, which took place at the Nisei Veterans Memorial at Fairmount Cemetery.

Go For Broke Monument Anniversary

monument anniversary

On June 2, 2018, GFBNEC held the Go For Broke Monument 19th Anniversary Tribute. In addition to honoring the Nisei veterans at the Go For Broke Monument, the event featured guest speakers Congressman Jimmy Gomez, Councilmember Jose Huizar, Go For Broke Monument Awardee Don Nose, and keynote speaker Lindsey Sugimoto, the granddaughter of MIS veteran Jim Murata.



The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i (JCCH) honored GFBNEC at their gala dinner in Honolulu, HI on June 16, 2018. GFBNEC President & CEO Mitch Maki accepted the award on behalf of the organization.

Nisei Veterans Honored at CA State Senate


On June 25, 2018, the California State Senate honored veterans of the 100th/442nd by passing a resolution to honor the 75th anniversary of the formation of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The resolution, sponsored by Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, was presented to a group of Nisei World War II veterans on the floor of the Senate at the State Capitol in Sacramento, CA.

"Courage & Compassion" Opens at Fort Snelling

monument anniversary

On June 30, 2018, "Courage and Compassion" opened in St. Paul, Minnesota at Historic Fort Snelling. The exhibition focused on the Military Intelligence Service at a location which was once the Military Intelligence Service Language School.

"Nikkei Samurai" on Display


"Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and the Military Intelligence Service" opened in GFBNEC's "Defining Courage" Exhibition on July 24, 2018 and was on view through August 26, 2018.

"H.R.442: Nisei Veterans and the Fight for Civil Liberties"


On August 4, 2018, GFBNEC opened "H.R.442: Nisei Veterans and the Fight for Civil Liberties" highlighting the contributions from battlefields to justice made by Nisei veterans. The exhibition was on view at GFBNEC through September 16, 2018.

GFBNEC, Norm Mineta Commerate 30th Anniversary of Civil Liberties Act


On, August 4, 2018, GFBNEC commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 with a conversation between the Hon. Norman Y. Mineta and Mitch Maki in partnership with JANM entitled "Reaffirmed Commitment: A Conversation with Norman Y. Mineta."

GFBNEC, JANM Honor 30th Anniversary of Civil Liberties Act

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, JANM hosted a program in partnership with GFBNEC on August 10, 2018, entitled "Celebrating Japanese American Redress: A Promise for the Future."

Evening of Aloha


On September 8, 2018, GFBNEC hosted the 17th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner. Landing on a year of milestones with the 30th anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, and the 75th anniversary of the formation of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the gala's theme was Okage Sama De, "Because of you, I am."

"Courage & Compassion" Opens in Peoria


On November 9, 2018, "Courage and Compassion" opened in Peoria, Illinois at the Peoria Library in partnership with Bradley University. From 1943 to 1946, more than 130 Japanese Americans moved to Peoria where they found employment and a new home.

"The Words We Hold"


On December 1, 2018, GFBNEC hosted a public program with the Japanese American National Museum centered around stories of World War II that painted a picture of how Japanese and Japanese American ancestors experienced everyday life during those treacherous times. Yonsei Nicole Cherry and Kristen Hayashi and shin-Nikkei Ayumi Nagata and Natsumi Shibata, shared family stories passed down through generations. In a discussion moderated by Diana Tsuchida, the panelists explored the ideas of missing home and family, the fear of the unknown, the commonality of not talking about the war experience, and what it was like uncovering family histories.


Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) educates and inspires others through the virtue and valor of our Japanese American World War II veterans. By supporting GFBNEC, you enable us to share the courageous stories of our veterans and empower others to take action following their same spirit.


Go For Broke National Education Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.


Next year, GFBNEC will have new visiting hours:

  • Tuesday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Friday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 11:00am - 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: 11:0 0am - 6:00 pm


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