Kato said they "carry the burden of service to their country," and he thanked them for their "service to the larger ideals that our two countires represent." Japan is a close ally to the United States, and a close ally in the war on terror.
Kato delivered a message fro Japan's prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, "the grateful people of Japan wish each of you health and success in the years ahead, just as we wish for the nation you serve."
Kato told the troops that although the two cultures differ, US troops represent Japan's 'samurai spirit.' "Samurais serve with valor, with honor, with loyalty, with respectful, ethical behavior, and so have you."
After a feast of Japanese cuisine, Japanese Self Defense Forces officers taught the guests how to fold origami cranes. "We make a crane to show our deepest compassion. This evening's dinner is a metaphor for a large paper crane.
Thank you Japan!!
Isn't it interesting that our wounded warriors are celebrated and honored by one of our allies? Wouldn't you think that our multi-millionaire members of Congress would do something like this? Or, donate to one of the many Wounded Warrior Projects?