The Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) has joined the many organizations and military units on the National Museum of the United States Army’s Veterans’ Hall Wall as a Silver Oak Leaf Cluster member by reaching the donation level of $25,000 for the Veterans’ Hall.
Wade Ishimoto recalled he first learned about the National Army Museum project and the Army Historical Foundation (AHF) while he was serving as Vice President of JAVA in 2011. He explained “I was immediately attracted to the project because I knew that the U.S. Army, unlike the other services, did not have a national museum. As an Army veteran and retiree, I wanted to see if there was anything that could be done through the JAVA organization.” He was soon introduced to Brigadier General Creighton Abrams, Jr., (USA-Ret.), AHF’s Executive Director, and started a dialogue about how JAVA might be involved in the Museum project.
Ishimoto continued, “As a Veterans Service Organization, JAVA sought to support the Museum financially. Since 2012, JAVA has made three donations to gain recognition in the Veterans’ Hall. JAVA’s Executive Council voted unanimously on three occasions to donate funds to the Army Historical Foundation for the Museum after members were briefed on the importance of a national museum for the U.S. Army.”
“JAVA fully supports the value and need for a National Army Museum. Our members have seen, supported, and assisted other Army museums but felt that a national museum was most appropriate to support,” Ishimoto concluded. “We are proud as a Veterans Service Organization to support the tremendous history of the United States Army. We have high hopes that the National Museum of the United States Army will be the best of all service museums.”
As a Silver Oak Leaf Cluster member of the Museum’s Veterans’ Hall, the Japanese American Veterans Association will be featured on the Veterans’ Hall Wall and recognized in a special book published after the Museum dedication ceremony. Once the Museum opens, the group will have free access to the Veterans’ Hall for an event.
For more information on the Veterans’ Hall and its sponsorship opportunities, contact Beth Schultz Seaman at (703) 879-0006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.