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2022 Day of Affirmation 

Day of Affirmation Ceremony

Friday July 15, 2022

12 O'clock Noon

National World War II Memorial, Washington, DC


Gerald Yamada, JAVA President

Presentation of Wreath

Wreath Bearers

Sandra Tanamachi, niece of Saburo Tanamachi, who killed in action while serving with the 442nd RCT in its efforts to save the Texas Lost Battalion and is the first Japanese American to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Missy Higgins Abrunzo, daughter of Marty Higgins who was the commanding officer of the Texas Lost Battalion at the time the 442nd RCT rescued it.

Wreath Escort

LTC Robert Vokac, USA (Ret), Executive Council member and grandson of COL Virgil Miller, who was the commanding officer of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team starting with the battle to save the Texas Lost Battalion.


National WII Memorial, Washington, DC. Photo: NPS, Victoria Staufffenberg



Hotel Near National Museum of U.S. Army

Embassy Suites by Hilton Springfield

8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield VA, 22150


Hotel Near Japanese Information and Cultural Center

Club Quarters, Washington DC - White House

839 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006 



National Museum of U.S. Army

1775 Liberty Drive, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060

Note: Not all GPS systems recognize the address, clear here for map with directions.

National World War II Memorial

1750 Independence Avenue, SW. Located at the east end of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. There is no convenient parking. The nearest metro stop is Smithsonian; walk west from the station past the Washington Monument and cross 17th Street at the crosswalk to enter the Memorial.

Japanese Information and Culture Center

1150 18th St NW Suite 100, Washington, DC

For parking information on JICC website, click here. Metro: the JICC is located near Farragut North on the Red line and Farragut West on the Orange, Silver, and Blue lines.

Day of Affirmation Dinner

The Japanese American Veterans Association

Invites You to Celebrate

Day of Affirmation Dinner 

Saturday, July 16, 2022

4:30 to 8:30 pm

National Museum of the U.S. Army

 Fort Belvoir, VA 

Cocktails: 5:00 pm

Dinner: 6:00

Presentation: 7:00 pm

 LTC Robert Vokac, USA (Ret), will speak on memories from his grandfather Colonel Virgil R. Miller of commanding the 442nd RCT

RSVP by June 30, 2022

Business Attire   I   $150 Per Ticket

*Attendees are asked to arrive by 4:30 to clear security before the museum stops admitting at 4:45 pm. All guests will be allowed to visit and tour the museum at any time on Saturday, July 16th at no extra charge.


Other Day of Affirmation Activities

The Go For Broke Spirit  Photo Exhibit - Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), 1150 18th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Exhibit features images of Japanese American veterans who served during World War II by Shane Sato, a photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. The exhibit runs from June 9-July 22, Monday-Friday, with Saturday hours on June 11. 

National Museum of U.S. Army - Saturday, May 16 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, all dinner attendees will be on an guest list for admission on Saturday, May 16. For more information about the museum collection or for tickets to visit on a different day see the website

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