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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Unveiling of plaque Saturday


January 29, 2020

Saturday will be a special day in Three Forks with the unveiling of the bronzed memorial plaque to honor men and women of Japanese ancestry who served and fought for America in WWII.

The special ceremony is scheduled for February 1 at 10 a.m. at Veteran's Park in Three Forks.

The memorial was originally erected by the late Navy Veteran Bud Lilly in 2011 and tells the story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. While a memorial for all the Japanese Americans who served in World War II, it honors local Veterans George Oiye, Yokichi Itoh, John Satake, Frank Satake, King Satake and Eileen Satake, a member of the Army Nurse Corps.

Three Forks Mayor Sean Gifford has been working on the project for seven months and said he is extremely excited for the ceremony and the prominent placement of the memorial.

"They are going to get the recognition they deserve," he said.

Gifford felt moving the memorial from the Lilly property will allow it to be seen by many at what he called a centerpiece of the town.

VFW Post #7621 and American Legion Post #93 agreed in 2019 to help the City financially to recreate the memorial in a bronzed plaque and move it to Veteran's Park.

The master of the ceremonies for the ceremony will be Ray Lau VFW Post #7621 Matt Bugland and will Cub Scout Pack 3523 will also be helping out.

Gifford will also be speaking at the event and added their will also be a guest speaker.

The ceremony will be followed by refreshments at the Methodist Annex at 116 E. Cedar Street, Three Forks.


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