The National Veterans Network is encouraging all Americans to participate in the #IAmAmerican campaign. Photo: Courtesy of NVN
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Veterans Network launched a new social media campaign on Nov. 11 to honor the legacy of the World War II Japanese American soldiers by encouraging everyone to share their #IAmAmerican story.
The campaign will continue through the end of the year, and veterans and their families are encouraged to share their stories online via Facebook, Twitter and the NVN website.
In addition, the NVN website (www.nationalveteransnetwork.com) will host an interactive map that visually demonstrates the locations of the stories being shared.
“It is important that we remember and learn from the past so we can move forward as a country,” said Christine Sato-Yamazaki, NVN executive director. “The Nisei soldier story is relevant to all of us. It is important that we share our own stories and what makes all of us #IAmAmerican.”
Earlier this year, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, along with the National Veteran’s Network, launched a digital exhibition centered on the outstanding military service of Nisei soldiers during World War II, including those who served in combat, in supporting roles and as part of the Japan Occupation (cgm.smithsonianapa.org).
The NVN, whose mission is to preserve, educate and advocate the public about the Nisei soldier experience, is encouraging families to share their stories by posting a photo or video on social media and explaining why #IAmAmerican is significant.
For more information about the campaign and the NVN, visit www.nationalveteransnetwork.com or email the NVN at firstname.lastname@example.org.