Our Mission

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

REMEMBER. EDUCATE. INSPIRE.

22nd Annual Evening of Aloha

We are grateful to all of the 2023 Evening of Aloha Gala sponsors, donors and guests who helped us honor the legacy of the Nisei soldiers of WWII. Your generosity and commitment to our mission is an integral part of our continued success to broadly share this important American story across the nation.

This year’s Gala was held on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites. We had the privilege of hosting over 400 guests at this hallmark community celebration, where we honored and recognized 50 Living Nisei WWII veterans and highlighted our work to inspire new audiences with the Go For Broke spirit and legacy of the Japanese American soldiers of WWII.

Evening of Aloha serves as our largest annual fundraiser, providing crucial support for our educational programming and outreach. You can still show your support with a gift to our “Fund the Future” campaign which is launched each year at the Gala.

For a full listing of our sponsors, Silent Auction donors and “Fund the Future” supporters, click HERE

Go For Broke Monument 24th Anniversary Virtual Tribute

Thank you to our generous donors for their support of this year’s Monument Anniversary Virtual Tribute which was broadcast on Saturday, June 3, 2023.

We invite you to watch this special anniversary of when our humble, but determined, Nisei veterans presented the Go For Broke Monument to the City of Los Angeles on June 5, 1999. Their hope was that the Monument would forever stand as a reminder of the 33,000 Japanese American men and women who valiantly served our nation at all costs. The program highlights the character and valor of the Nisei soldiers of WWII, and will feature three new video segments that reflect the intergenerational sharing of this important American story.

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

Torchbearers 

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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Tribute Gifts

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2021 Major Sponsors

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

 
Rick and Patee Shinto
          and Family

TORCHBEARERS 1ST ANNUAL BACKYARD SUMMER FEST

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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