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Visitors watch video as part of the “What If The Heroes Were Not Welcome?” exhibit, opening in association with the “American Heroes” exhibit about the Gold Medal Nisei.

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A Hero's welcome: Gold Medal exhibit in Portland honors Nisei veterans

The heroes rose slowly but stood tall. Oregon Nisei veterans, including Shig Imai of Hood River, received gratitude and applause Saturday in two ceremonies welcoming them and inaugurating the Oregon Historical Society visit of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling “American Heroes” exhibit at Oregon Historical Society, sponsored by Oregon Nikkei Endowment. “Japanese American Nisei Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal” stays in Portland through Sept. 29 in one of only seven stops around the country.

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