Sen. Daniel Inouye and his wife, Irene Hirano Inouye, participating in a Fourth of July parade in Kailua Town.

On behalf of the board of directors of the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California, we join our community partners in expressing our condolences to the Inouye family on the sudden passing of Sen. Daniel Inouye.

For the past eight decades of American history, Sen. Inouye demonstrated what it means to be an American. From heroism on the battlefield and inspiring leadership in government, the senator’s contributions to the nation are awe-inspiring.

His reply when asked how he wanted to be remembered spoke volumes about his humility: “I represented the people of Hawaii and this nation honestly and to the best of my ability. I think I did okay.”

He did much more than “okay.” He has and will continue to inspire all Americans, not just Japanese Americans, to make America a better place for future generations.

—   Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California

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