Sailors from Navy Operational Support Center Ventura County kick off Veterans Day celebrations by visiting Nisei World War II veterans at Nikkei Senior Gardens, Friday afternoon, Nov. 9. As part of the Spirit of ’45 event organized by VITAS Innovative Hospice Care and the Nikkei Senior Gardens to honor the life and history of the Nisei veterans of World War II.

The Nisei are Americans of Japanese descent. Men, women and children were moved to internment camps after Pearl Harbor was attacked and the U.S. entered World War II.

“Their inner strength demonstrated in an outward fashion makes them an integral part of the Greatest Generation,” said Chief Petty Officer Howard H Nelson Jr., assigned to NOSC Ventura County. “I consider it a tremendous honor to be able to meet these American heroes in person and pray that their wisdom rubs off and stays with us.”

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