Rafu Shimpo 10/01/2022
On Saturday, Oct. 8, Save Our Seniors Network will hold “Kansha (Gratitude) Obon 3,” which will commemorate 139 seniors who died of COVID-19 in two Pacifica Co.-owned facilities, Kei-Ai L.A. and Kei-Ai South Bay.
The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the plaza of the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. (at First Street) in Little Tokyo.
Kei-Ai L.A. was named the deadliest single COVID skilled nursing facility in California by The Los Angeles Times in 2021.
“Our community deserves and demands answers, justice and closure. Peace for those who passed and better care for seniors in the future,” stated David Monkawa, co-chair of SOSN.
An interfaith candlelight memorial service will be led by Rev. Ray Fukumoto, SOSN Interfaith Network director, with Minister Diane Ujiiye, Rinban Nori Ito of Higashi Honganji, Rev. Ken Nagata from Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Church, and Geoffery Yamamoto representing Maryknoll.
The historic Keiro nursing homes have roots in the Japanese American community of Boyle Heights and Little Tokyo.