When Gov. David Ige signed House Bill 942 into law on June 19, Hawaii took an important step toward establishing a monument to honor and commemorate the more than 260,000 Filipino veterans of World War II.
I was proud to introduce the bill and to be there in the Governor’s office standing with Filipino veterans, family members, serving military members and other lawmakers to honor those from the Philippines, United States, and Territory of Hawaii, who fought under the American flag during the war.
This Act now authorizes the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts to commission an artist to design and build a monument worthy of the sacrifice of our Filipino veterans and their families.
Now an appropriate location for the monument will be selected and up to $200,000 has been budgeted for the memorial.
The monument could be placed on the grounds of the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu which is a gathering place for the community and provides social, economic and cultural support for our residents.
I want to thank Rep. Henry Aquino, Filipino veterans groups and area residents who supported this bill to ensure that Hawaii residents remember the sacrifices that were made by previous generations to allow us to enjoy the freedoms and cultural diversity we have today.