Monday, November 12, 2007
Veterans Day in Chinatown
Members of the American Legion post in Chinatown -- Lt. B.R Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291 -- gathered yesterday at the Kim Lau Memorial Arch in Chatham Square, Chinatown, to commemorate Veterans Day and honor their service.
The Kimlau American Legion Post was formed in 1944 by a group of Chinese-American veterans of World War II.
The post is the largest in New York City, promoting numerous patriotic programs and community service initiatives within Chinatown.
The Post is named after Lt. Kimlau, who was an American of Chinese descent who served as an Air Force bomber pilot in World War II. While assigned to the Southwest Pacific theater, he was killed in action during air battles over the New Guinea Islands.