Friday, May 25, is the last day for World War II Veterans of 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service and their family members to register for the Los Angeles Regional Gold Medal Celebration on Saturday, June 9, at the Go For Broke Monument in Little Tokyo.

The Congressional Gold Medal at the Washington, D.C. ceremony. (Photo by J.K. Yamamoto/Rafu Shimpo)

Every veteran, spouse or widow and KIA next of kin in attendance who has not received a Congressional Gold Medal replica at a previous ceremony will receive one as a gift, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor and fundraising efforts. In addition, every veteran family will receive a copy of Senate Bill S. 1055, which awarded the CGM to the 100th, 442nd and MIS.

In addition, volunteers are being recruited to help with the celebration. They are needed for various tasks, such as staffing the refreshment tables and escorting the veterans to their seats. According to Go For Broke National Education Center Executive Director Don Nose, “We would like to show the veterans our deep appreciation. We’re looking for a range of ages, including teens and young adults, to lend a hand at this historic event.”

Volunteers are requested to work from 6:30 to 10 a.m. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Chris Ohama at

The L.A. Regional CGM Celebration is a joint effort of several organizations, including the Go For Broke National Education Center, the 100th/442nd Veterans Association, the MIS Veterans Association of Southern California, the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans, the Japanese American National Museum, JACL-Pacific Southwest District, the Japanese American Bar Association, and the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center.

The Go For Broke Monument is located at 160 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, adjacent to The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. For information on the event or to register, contact Ohama at (310) 503-8120 or

Registration forms are available at or by sending an email to

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