President's Message

Dear Members:

I had the opportunity to present a floral tribute to the Nisei Veterans of Colorado yesterday on behalf of APABA at the 73rd Annual Memorial Service at the Nisei Veterans Memorial at Fairmount Cemetery. APABA was one of many APA organizations gathered to pay respect to Nisei Veterans for protecting our freedoms and for their fight for acceptance of Japanese Americans at home. We had opportunities this month to collaborate with the greater APA community, and yesterday’s event was a powerful reminder of the rich history and heritage of Asian Americans in Colorado. Thank you to the Nisei Veterans Heritage Foundation for organizing the memorial service and for inviting APABA to be a part of the service each year.

In the spirit of community, I am proud to announce that APABA will be participating in the boat race of this year’s Colorado Dragon Boat Festival! APABA will be racing in the 250m Flag Catching Division on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Sloan’s Lake, so please mark your calendars. See below for more information about how you can sign up as a paddler or as a volunteer. The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is the largest dragon boat festival in the country, and it is a great family event with food, performances, vendors, and exhibitors. This event will be featured as our summer family event, so please look out for future announcements on where/when to gather to cheer for the APABA dragon boat team with other members and family members. Thank you to Blake Gansborg and Isuri Lawson for serving as the APABA Dragon Boat team co-captains.

I hope you are all having a good start to the summer season, and I look forward to connecting with you and your families this summer. Please contact me at if you have any comments or suggestions.


Sumi Lee

President, APABA Colorado

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