Join us on Friday December 7, 2018 for our annual Pearl Harbor Commemoration Ceremony.
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Join us in honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice at Pearl Harbor, America's entry into World War II. Hear stories from the heroes of the Greatest Generation including a soldier of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, carrier pilots, World War II sailors, and more!
FREE for Veterans!
Museum doors open at 10:00AM. For more information, please contact Community Outreach at [email protected]
This year's special speaker is Lawson Sakai who was born in Los Angeles on October 27, 1923. He graduated from Montebello High School, attended Compton College in Los Angeles, and Mesa College in Colorado.
On December 8, 1941 (the day after Pearl Harbor), he tried to enlist in the military service and was rejected based on a government classification that he was an enemy alien. His family evacuated to Colorado in 1942. In March 1943, enlistment opportunities opened up for Japanese Americans to serve in a segregated unit. Lawson immediately volunteered for 442nd Regimental Combat Team. He was overseas in May 1944 until November 1945.
While overseas, he served in all of the 442nd campaigns in Italy and France, including the liberation of Bruyeres, France, and the rescue of the Lost Battalion where he was seriously injured.
During the war he was wounded four times, and received a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and a Combat Infantryman Badge. In December 1945, he was discharged from the army. After leaving the service, he attended Pepperdine College and operated a travel agency in San Jose, California. Lawson has been very active in the 442nd reunions. He recently led a group of 53 to Bruyeres, France for the 60th anniversary of the town's liberation. He lives in Morgan Hill, California.
Category: Community | Local / Community | Holidays.
Sub-Categories: Attractions | Walking / Guided Tours.
Adult Ticket + $2.03 FEE: USD 20.00,
Seniors (65+) + $1.78 FEE: USD 15.00,
Youth (7-17) + $1.53 FEE: USD 10.00,
Children (6 & Under): USD 0.00.