The Bishop Museum has been selected as one of seven museums in the country to play host in 2013 to the Congressional Gold Medal awarded in 2011 to Japanese-American, or Nisei, World War II veterans in recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments.
Hawaii's Senior Senator Daniel K. Inouye along with Blair D. Collis, president and CEO of the Bishop Museum, attended the announcement of the National Tour at a press conference held Thursday in Washington D.C.
The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service has partnered with the National Museum of American History and the National Veterans Network to share the inspiring story of these men who fought with bravery and valor on the battlefields of Europe and Asia, even while many of their parents and other family members were held in internment camps.
The planned tour will bring the Nisei Congressional Gold Medal to some of the top museums in the country:
- National World War II Museum, New Orleans, La. – Jan. 12-Feb. 17, 2013
- Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii – March 9-April 14, 2013
- Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, Calif. – May 4-June 9, 2013
- De Young Museum, San Francisco, Calif. – June 29-Aug. 4, 2013
- Oregon Historical Society, Portland, Ore. – Aug. 24-Sept. 29, 2013
- Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Ill. – Oct. 19-Dec. 8, 2013
- Houston Holocaust Museum, Houston, Texas – Dec. 21, 2013-Jan. 24, 2014
"It is an honor and a privilege to be among the few museums in the nation selected to host the medal," said Blair D. Collis, president and CEO of Bishop Museum. "This is a wonderful opportunity for Hawai‘i to recognize and celebrate the valor and legacy of these World War II Japanese-American veterans who changed Hawaii's history and uplifted a generation through their unwavering loyalty and sacrifice."
Upon the conclusion of the tour, the Congressional Gold Medal will be on permanent display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
The medal will be accompanied by an educational package with an iPad application, social learning website and curriculum developed by the National Veterans Network in partnership with the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Program. Centered on the character values associated with Japanese American veterans—courage, respect, humility, perseverance, compassion and citizenship—these materials will provide users with a constantly-growing, social learning community.
The Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service veterans by the United States Congress on November 2, 2011, in recognition of their exceptional service, sacrifice and loyalty to America. The Gold Medal represents Congress’s highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. Click here for a complete list of recipients.