Congressional Gold Medal Japanese-American Veterans banquet Feb. 4

The Livingston/Merced and Cortez chapters of the Japanese-Americans Citizen League will hold an event to honor Congressional Gold Medal Japanese-American Veterans of World War II who were members of the of the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Combat Unit and the Military Intelligence Service 1942– 946.

The veterans will be honored at a banquet on Saturday Feb. 4, at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. at the Merced County Fairgrounds Pavilion Building, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced 95341.

Veterans who are eligible for the Congressional Gold Medal and one guest’s dinner will be free. The United States Mint has made available a Nisei Soldiers of World War II 3-inch bronze medal which can be purchased for $44.95 plus a $4.95 shipping charge from the U.S. Mint. The website is:http://catalog.usmint.gov/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&mpe_id=10101&productId=16654&intv_id=10551&evtype=CpgnClick&langId=-1&catalogId=10001&ddkey=ClickInfo

Event organizers said they could order the Nisei Soldiers of World War II 3-inch bronze medal for those wishing to buy one.

The program at the Day of Remembrance Banquet includesd a keynote speaker, Ernie Yoshino, designer of the Merced Assembly Center Monument. The Turlock resident is also Japanese American Club President and a registered architect who was incarcerated at the Merced Assembly Center and the Amache, Colo., camp.

Also, a new documentary film, “The Merced Assembly Center — Injustice Immortalized,” will be available for purchase at the banquet.