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OUR MISSION: To educate and inspire character and equality through the virtue and valor of our World War II American veterans of Japanese ancestry.


Currently, the Defining Courage exhibition is closed due to continued COVID-19 safety and health concerns. Re-opening plans are tentatively scheduled for Fall 2021. The Go For Broke Monument is open to the public and visitors are encouraged to follow current pandemic guidelines. Thank you for your interest and support!


Letters to Home

We are currently looking for letters and correspondence written to or from Nisei veterans during WWII for an upcoming documentary project, Letters to Home. Diaries, journals or scrapbooks are also welcomed. This project will be in partnership with ABC7 News Anchor, documentarian and member of GFBNEC Board of Directors, David Ono, and will shed light on more powerful perspectives and stories from the Nisei WWII experience.

Email with scans of your documents or any questions.

Heroes Among Us: The Kazuo Masuda Story

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with the premiere of the second episode in our series, Heroes Among Us: Stories of Courage, Patriotism & Sacrifice on Saturday, May 1 at 12:00 PM PDT. This episode will share the story of Nisei soldier, Kazuo Masuda (442nd RCT), who was killed in action in Italy in July 1944. Though his family experienced anti-Asian discrimination in the post-war era, his legacy and impact would be greatly felt through the signing of the Civil Liberties Act by President Reagan. This episode will premiere on GFBNEC's YouTube.

Student Contest

CALLING ALL STUDENTS! Join us in advocating for civil liberties and equality, the cornerstone of our American democracy, by entering our 2021 Essay and Poetry contest, open to students from high school to graduate levels. In addition to monetary award prizes, first place winners from each category will be acknowledged in our 20th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala. All winning entries will be published in an online booklet on our website. Students who enter the contest may also be eligible for another $500 from the Lawson Iichiro Sakai Memorial Scholarship.





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