Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Monument   Anniversary Tribute held on Saturday, June 5, 2022. Please watch the event or relive the tribute through the video link below.

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Sela Masaki

Sela Masaki, Grandchild of Tomoki Masaki, 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team


David Ono

David Ono, ABC 7 News Anchor & GFBNEC Board of Director

Mitch Maki

Mitch Maki, GFBNEC President & CEO

About the Monument Anniversary Tribute

Every year on the first Saturday in June since 1999, GFBNEC has held a community gathering in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, to commemorate the Go For Broke Monument, a striking dedication to honor the more than 16,000 Japanese American men and women who bravely served during WWII.

This hallmark tribute event will be broadcast live this year in order to ensure the continued safety and health of our veterans and our community. With new perspectives and voices, the program will highlight the remarkable stories of courage, patriotism and sacrifice of our Japanese American soldiers of WWII and the relevance of their legacy to the issues of our nation faces today.

We invite you to join us as we honor and celebrate our Japanese American veterans of WWII. Please consider becoming a Monument Anniversary Sponsor and making a Veteran Floral Tribute and/or “Honor A Veteran” Digital Tribute (see below for details).


Thank You to Our 2022 Monument Anniversary Sponsors

Legacy Circle

Yoshio Nakamura

Patriot Circle

Gerry and P. Gail Nanbu

The Pacific Bridge Companies

Nancy Sagawa, Garrett Sagawa and Kelly Chuong

Gold Circle

Terry and Gayle Hara

Frank and Betty Hiji

Beverly Iba

Michael Ichino

Japanese American Service Committee


Don and Setsuko Miyada

Richard and Masako Murakami

Robert and Ellen Sasamoto

Scott and Susan Takahashi

Florence Uchida

David and Michiko Watanabe

Richard Watanabe

Tokuji Yoshihashi

Carole Zaima

Silver Circle

Gary Araki

Mary Hide

Sueharu Ichikawa

Janet and Noriaki Ito

Japanese American National Museum

Ann Kabasawa and Clyde Sugimoto

Ken and Bonnie Kasamatsu

Dennis and Lorraine Kimura

Ralph and Amy Matsumoto

Alan and Joann Miyamoto

Michael and Margie Odanaka

In Memory of James Y. Morita, 442 RCT F Co.

and Johnny Okazaki, MIS

-Ann and Michael Shima

Ken and June Shimabukuro

David and Irene Tanji

Melanie Yamamoto

Bronze Circle

In Memory of Tsugio Aoyama, 442/MIS

-Frances Aoyama and Karen Kikukawa

Gary and Cynthia Arakawa

Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc.

David and Nora Bramlett

Kay and Mary Jane Fujimura

Janet Hartmann

Evelyn Ibata


In Memory of John Sakamoto & Lawson Sakai

-Robert and Sally Idemoto

Dwight and Christine Inouye

Patricia Ishida

Cynthia Jones

Adelita Katagiri

Lori Ann Fujioka Knutson and David Knutson

Chip and Lisa Mamiya

In Memory of Col. Young Oak Kim

-Dyanne McMath

Ken and Kim Miyake


In Memory of Isamu “Sam” Mori

-Michael and Lynn Mori

In Memory of Rudy Tokiwa

-Shin Mune

Kenneth and Doris Nakakura

Richard and Naomi Nakamura

George and Helen Nakano

Steven and Sharon Nakase

Robert and Gail Nishinaka

The James M. and Yuriko A. Ogawa Family Trust

David and Barbara Sato

James and Barbara Sato

Lori Shiotani and Kenneth Nakayama

Warren Tabata

Norito and Takaye Takamoto

Lilian Tanaka

Marian K. Uchida

In honor of Hachiro Mayewaki

-Robert Uehara

David and Colleen Yasukochi

*As of June 2, 2022

Sponsorship Opportunities

*All sponsors at the Bronze level and above will receive recognition as a Monument 23rd Anniversary Tribute Sponsor in the live stream program, in The Torch newsletter and on the GFBNEC website.

Presenting $10,000 All of the above, plus:
  • 30-second welcome message in the live program
  • Prominent recognition in event Sponsor Honor Roll
  • Acknowledgement in promotional materials & media releases
  • eTorch profile

Legacy $5,000

All of the above, plus:

  • 30-second welcome message in the live program
  • Prominent recognition in event Sponsor Honor Roll
  • Acknowledgement in promotional materials & media releases

Patriot $2,500

All of the above, plus:

  • 20-second welcome message in the live program
  • Prominent recognition in event Sponsor Honor Roll

Gold Circle* $1,000

Silver Circle* $500

Bronze* $250

Patron $100

Friend $50

(Patron & Friend sponsors will be acknowledged in The Torch Newsletter)

Veteran Floral Tribute

Decorative potted plants bearing the name of a veteran and the donor will be placed around the Go For Broke Monument on the morning of Monument Anniversary. 

Honor A Veteran Digital Tributes

Digital tributes for a veteran will be shared through the “Honor A Veteran” Photo Gallery Pre-show at 1:45 P.M. on June 4. All donation tiers will include the honoree’s photo and name. Higher donation tiers will include the honoree’s photo and story on the GFBNEc Facebook and Instagram pages.

Example of an "Honor A Veteran" tribute post on the GFBNEC Facebook page.
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