Memorial Day 2017 Colorado Thank You to Our Military

 

You are likely to find me in one of two places on Memorial Day.   Either way I will be honoring my father and his service to his country in the United States Military during World War II.

Sam Y. Matsumoto

In odd number years you will find me at the Nisei War Memorial at Fairmont Cemetery in Denver, Colorado singing with the choir for the annual Memorial Day service.

 

The Memorial is engraved with the names of Japanese American Nisei veterans from the Rocky Mountain region who served in the United States Armed Forces and who are now at rest.

In even number years you will find me at the Bolder Boulder, an annual Memorial Day 10K  honoring United States military.   This is a run, jog or walk race.

About 50,000 people participate every year.

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The race finishes in Folsum Field in Boulder, Colorado. As you complete the race you enter the stadium where those who completed the race before you and other supporters cheer you over the finish line!

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Many participants wear a bib on their back with the name of the person they want to honor.

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Next year is the 40th anniversary.  Yes, I have been running since the beginning but those 40 year old race t-shirts are long gone.

I am grateful for my country and the freedoms granted to its citizens which are protected by brave men and women like my dad.

How you can help the Japanese American Soldiers of WWII receive a commemorative stamp

Japanese American Soldiers of WWII Stamp

Some statistics provided by the They Deserve A Stamp Organization:

  • 33,000 Japanese Americans Served During WWII
  • 18,000+ Total Military Awards
  • 9,486 Purple Hearts
  • 30 Distinguished Service Crosses
  • 21 Medals of Honor

Help them get their own USPS postage stamp.

Please share with your friends to help get this deserving group of extraordinary men the recognition they deserve.

More information and facts at:

http://theydeserveastamp.org/#intro

Please fill out the form at the bottom of the page to show your support.

(My Dad was a member of United States Military Intelligence Group, your help is appreciated!)