Ceremony at Punchbowl honors Japanese soldiersUPDATED 8:36 PM HST Sep 29, 2013Video Transcript
Another heavily-visited national venue was the site today of a solemn ceremony honoring thousands of Japanese American soldiers and veterans from Hawaii. KITV 4's Paul Drewes has more from Punchbowl. nat of singing5:10-5:20 "and then the guns were silent upon the mighty mo, we served our country loyally for red, white and blue" The songs take you back to World War II, which were originally sung by Japanese American soldiers with the 100th battalion and the famed 442nd regimental combat team. Nat @7:12-7:16 "go for broke, we don't give a damn" use picture of takata 70 years on this day, Japanese American soldier Shigeo Joe Takata from Hawaii blazed a historic and deadly trail of heroism, which has been followed by hundreds of others. gen. hirai@21:31 "these brave men were determined to prove their loyalty, and fight for their country's freedoms even when their own freedom was uncertain" Takata died attacking a German position in Italy back in 1943. taps@27:10-27:14 His sacrifice and the contributions of all fallen world war II AJA soldiers were highlighted at a ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. standup@ "while this is an event to honor those who died, it also aims to strengthen the bonds of friendship among those who survived, or who lost a family member" Byrnes sot@43:31 "in doing so, and working together we have established a relationship that our fathers had, so its been a great experience to get to know these folks" nat @ 30:10 On this day of recognizing the accomplishments of Japanese American soldiers, there was also a final song, Danny Boy, to recognize the late Senator Daniel Inouye, one of the many 442nd soldiers from World War II whose sacrifices were remembered. At Punchbowl, Paul Drewes KITV 4 news.