442nd RCT Anti-Tank group. Photo courtesy of Dennis T. Sasaki

Started by Veterans. Carried by Community.

Thirty years ago, a group of Japanese Americans who had served in military units during World War II--despite overwhelming prejudice against them--embarked on a mission that would prove to be one of the most important and rewarding missions of their lives. This year we're celebrating the 30th anniversary of the formation of GFBNEC-a legacy that began with humble roots but flourished over time, driven by passionate Nisei veterans who recognized the importance of sharing their stories of courage, valor and sacrifice with future generations.

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Firefighters from LAFD Station 9

Stars and Stripes Fly Once Again

This past November, firefighters from Downtown Los Angeles' Station 9 raised a new flag above the Go for Broke Monument. The colors are flying once again above this significant landmark that has come to symbolize the sacrifice, pride and courage of the Japanese Americans during WWII. GFBNEC thanks Captain Robles and Station 9 for their time and care in securing The Stars and Stripes.

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Go For Broke Monument. Photo by Bryce Ikemura

Go for Broke Monument Wins 40 Under 40 Places in History Category

The Go for Broke Monument was voted as a notable "40 Under 40 Place" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This contest highlights notable sites less than 50 years old (when sites are traditionally designated as historic) to identify sites that are...

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Save the Dates

Saturday February 16, 2019
Day of Remembrance: "Behind Barbed Wire: Keeping Children Safe and Families Together"

Join GFBNEC at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) on February 16 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Los Angeles Day of Remembrance and the 77th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. This year's theme is "Behind Barbed Wire: Keeping Children Safe and Families Together," featuring a panel discussion with writer and producer Sigrid Toye whose German father was incarcerated at Tuna Canyon, Lisa Okamoto...

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Nicole Cherry visits the Go For Broke Monument in remembrance of her grandfather Sho Nomura (MIS) along with her mother, Ann Nomura, and children Kenji Yu and Miyako Yu.

Help Sustain GFBNEC's Legacy

Go For Broke National Education Center educates and inspires others through the virtue and valor of our Japanese American World War II veterans. By supporting this mission, you enable GFBNEC to share the courageous stories of our veterans and empower others to take action, following in the same spirit of the Nisei veterans. From memberships to Amazon Smile to in-kind donations, there are several welcomed ways to support and get involved.

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Shop goforbroke.com

Honor the legacy of the veterans with a gift of Go for Broke apparel. Shop our online store for the full line of exclusive Japangeles GFBNEC-branded apparel, the only Japangeles line currently sold online. You can also shop for books, DVDs and artwork at goforbroke.com, or swing by the exhibition during normal hours to purchase selected merchandise. Each purchase helps preserve the legacy of Nisei veterans for years to come.

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Go For Broke National Education Center's Defining Courage Exhibition

New GFBNEC Exhibition Hours

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.; free admission from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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