Go For Broke

National Education Center

Our Mission

To educate and inspire character and equality through the virtue and valor of our World War II American veterans of Japanese ancestry.



23rd Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner

Saturday, September 14, 2024
Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles

Go For Broke National Education Center’s Evening of Aloha is our largest fundraising activity of the year and provides vital direct support of our preservation efforts, engaging programming and enhanced outreach to younger, more diverse audiences. Join us for a memorable evening as we recognize the Nisei veterans living across the nation. This year, GFBNEC is honored to have Chef Roy Yamaguchi, GFBNEC Board of Director, a founder of Hawai’i Regional Cuisine and newly appointed executive director of the University of Hawai’i’s Culinary Institute of the Pacific, return to design our Evening of Aloha menu.

Evening of Aloha sponsorship and registration information will be available in the coming months.

Go For Broke Plaza Groundbreaking

On Tuesday, February 13, 2024, Go For Broke National Education Center and Little Tokyo Service Center proudly broke ground on the new mixed-use, multi-story Go For Broke Plaza, featuring the First Street Residences, legacy businesses and Go For Broke National Education Center.

National Torchbearers Program

In the face of racial discrimination and doubt, the veterans demonstrated the wisdom of America’s promise, which is that in our nation, no one is to be judged by the color of their skin, the nation of their origin, or the faith they choose to keep. To ensure that the soldiers’ legacy will be carried by future generations, GFBNEC aims to pass the torch of the Go For Broke spirit by way of the National Torchbearers Program (NTP).

Go For Broke Journalism Institute

Piloted in the summer of 2022, GFBNEC and the Asian American Journalist Association – LA Chapter shared the Japanese American WWII soldiers’ story with LAUSD’s Downtown Business Magnets High School students, and also provided first-rate journalistic instruction. We invite you to watch our newest video featuring the participating students and journalists.

Watch our new virtual programming!

Heroes Among Us: Stories of Courage, Patriotism & Sacrifice

Medal of Honor Recipient                    Pvt. Joe Hayashi

Living the Nisei Dream 

Tamlyn Tomita


2023 National Torchbearers Convening

Go For Broke Monument

The Go For Broke Monument stands as a powerful tribute to Japanese American men and women who served during WWII. The black granite monument is engraved with the names of the more than 16,000 who served in 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service, 522 Field Artillery Battalion, 232nd Combat Engineer Company and the 1399 Engineer Construction Battalion in Europe and the Pacific.

Hanashi Oral History Collection

Search the world’s largest collection of over 1,200 audiovisual interviews of Japanese American WWII veterans. Since 1988, the Hanashi Collection has shed light upon the war experience that cannot be conveyed by official records alone. 

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Major Sponsors

We thank our major donors for their generous support of our vital mission and work!

Rick and Patee Shinto
and Family


Mark your calendars for a casual fun evening with live music, food, games and more on Saturday, June 24 from 6:30 TO 10:30 P.M. at Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo. Hosted by the LA Torchbearers. 

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    The Defining Courage Exhibition will have LIMITED HOURS on SUNDAY, JULY 21.


    Saturday, July 20: 11:30AM – 5PM

    Sunday, July 21: 1PM – 5PM