From: Eastern US
With the recent death of Senator Dan Inouye of Hawaii, there is only one WWII veteran still serving in the United States Senate (Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey).
My wife is the CEO of a non-profit organization that serves Asian Pacific Americans. Here's the brief eulogy they put out, which I think captures the spirit of Senator Inouye, and so many more of the "Greatest Generation."
Statement on the Passing of Senator Daniel K. Inouye
The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is deeply saddened by the news on the passing of Senator Daniel K. Inouye. The Senator was a great American hero from World War II and a leader to Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. He served as the President pro tempore of the United States Senate, third in line to be President. He was both the highest ranking Asian American political leader, and the second longest serving Senator, in U.S. history.
Only 17 years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked, Daniel Inouye remained fiercely patriotic despite the discrimination directed against Japanese-Americans. He enlisted in the army as soon as he was allowed, and fought in Italy, where he lost his arm, and earned a Medal of Honor. In his words, “the Army had given us a taste of full citizenship, and an appetite for more of the same. . . The feeling was infectious. It spread to the old folks, and those were jubilant, heart-warming days for them. . . and if you were young in Hawaii in that pivotal [time], if you were ambitious and believed implicitly in the promise of the Declaration of Independence, what did it matter that you had only one arm? You had given it for America, and America, at last, was yours.”
“Senator Inouye was a true role model and inspiration to the next generation of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders,” said ILF Chief Executive Officer Chiling Tong. “He remains in our hearts, forever young.”
For Senator Inouye’s dedication and public service, the ILF was honored to have the opportunity to present him with ILF's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. The ILF Board of Directors and Advisors sends its deepest sympathy to the Inouye Family.
The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is a non-profit 501 (C)(3) organization dedicated to promoting the civic awareness, public service and economic effectiveness of the Asian Pacific American community and develops young leaders in the United States and other Pacific Rim countries in the fields of public service, entrepreneurship and the international arena through a network of business and community leaders. For more information, please visit www.ileader.org
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Oddball: Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?