Nisei Veterans Highway Dedication Saturday

Dedication of Highway 35 as the Nisei World War II Veterans Memorial Highway will take place on Saturday.  A dedication ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center, with the unveiling of one of the four signs to be placed on the highway to mark the dedication will take place at about 3 p.m. at the viewpoint just south of Hood River.  Historian Linda Tamura says the selection of Highway 35 is of special significance, with about 250 Japanese-American families living in the Hood River Valley and farming since the early 1900’s.  Tamura noted they have identified 433 Nisei veterans in Oregon, of which 58 are from Hood River.  They are among the 33,000 Nisei soldiers who served during World War II.

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