Saburo and Marion Masada were honored by HandsOn Central California for their tireless volunteer community efforts. Photo: John Hix

By P.C. Staff

A lifetime of sacrifice, service and education aptly describe the contributions of Saburo and Marion Masada. For many years, the “dynamic duo” has crossed California, and beyond, to share their story of incarceration in the Poston and Jerome concentration camps during World War II with churches, schools and community groups.

On April 15, the Masadas were honored by HandsOn Central California with a special Lifetime Achievement Award for their volunteer service. Central California District Council Governor Roberta Barton nominated the Masadas on behalf of the JACL.

This year’s awards were notable, garnering more than 100 nominations; two years ago, there were just over 20 nominations.

Friends and fans of the Masadas attended the awards luncheon to show their appreciation for all the time and energy that the couple donates each year visiting schools and other groups to ensure the lessons of incarceration are remembered and never repeated. In recognition of their service, the Masadas received a special Congressional Certificate of Achievement and framed
watercolor artwork depicting Central Valley agriculture.

The Masadas were also honored in February at the CCDC Day of Remembrance with a Distinguished American Award for the Spirit of Education.