Ceremony Honors Nisei Nov. 11

Battleship Missouri Memorial pays tribute to nisei soldiers of World War II at its Veterans Day ceremony from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11.

The event will feature keynote speaker Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr.

Nisei soldiers are second-generation U.S.-born Japanese American citizens, many of whom were on active duty during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Although many were subsequently removed from their units by the government, many Nisei later went on to serve in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which is one of the most decorated units in military history.

“Seventy years ago, our nisei soldiers entered World War II and overcame the dual challenges of prejudice at home and threats to our nation’s freedoms overseas with undaunted service and incredible feats of courage,” stated VADM Bob Kihune, USN (Ret.), chairman of the board, USS Missouri Memorial Association. “On Nov. 11, we are honoring all of America’s Armed Forces veterans and giving special recognition to our nisei soldiers for all that they gave and sacrificed for the generations that followed.”

The ceremony also marks the beginning of a special onboard exhibit that honors nisei soldiers.

The event is free and open to the public. Roundtrip shuttle service to Pier Foxtrot 5 from the World War II Valor will be provided.

Guests should RSVP by Thursday at ussmissouri.org/veteransday.