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Monument project still needs $40,000

Bronze sculpture to honor WWII veterans of Japanese ancestry
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A bronze sculpture to honor World War II veterans of Japanese ancestry has started to take shape, but organizers still need $40,000 to complete the monument.

The Japanese American Citizens League and Placer County are behind the monument project. Once complete, the sculpture will reside at the Bill Santucci Justice Center in Roseville and feature the names of WW II veterans from Placer and Sacramento County inscribed on bricks.

The monument will honor the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which was made up of Japanese Americans and is the most decorated unit of its size and length of service in U.S. military history.

There will also be a bronze plaque that tells the story of WW II veterans other than the 442nd and documents the internment.

The project is estimated to cost about $160,000.

The Japanese American Citizens League is selling tickets for a drawing to win a limited edition bronze scale model of the monument. One ticket costs $10 or six for $50. Order tickets online at www.placerjacl.org. The drawing will take place on Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

~ Sena Christian