The San Francisco Giants honored Norman Mineta during a game at Oracle Park on May 21. (Courtesy Mineta Legacy Project)

The Mineta Legacy Project Team has announced that a public memorial service for former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta will be held on Thursday, June 16, at 10:30 a.m. at the San Jose Civic Auditorium, 135 W. San Carlos St., San Jose.

A memorial service will also be held on Saturday, June 11, at National United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

The Mineta family requests that for your health and safety and that of other guests, everyone be vaccinated and wear a mask.

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In addition, the San Francisco Giants honored Mineta on May 21 with a moment of silence immediately prior to the national anthem. The occasion was Japanese Heritage Day at Oracle Park and Kristi Yamaguchi took to the mound to throw the ceremonial first pitch.

Mineta, who passed away on May 3 at the age of 90, served as secretary of transportation under President George W. Bush and secretary of commerce under President Bill Clinton, and represented Silicon Valley in Congress for two decades. Incarcerated as a boy at Heart Mountain in Wyoming, he was instrumental in the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which provided redress and an apology to Japanese Americans incarcerated by the government during World War II.

The Mineta Legacy Project Team, which produced “Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story,” consists of Dianne Fukami, Debra Nakatomi and Amy Watanabe. The documentary has been broadcast on PBS and is available for viewing at until the end of June.

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  1. A Great man that would always manage to bring all sides together for the good of the country !
    America was blessed to have you .

  2. Oh, how we will miss this man! He was a wonderful representation of a Japanese American that had gone through extreme hate and prejudice and came out a loyal and loving member of USA. He served with such grace an dignity. Thank you Mr. Norman Mineta! ❤ 🇺🇸 🗽