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Go for Broke Day

Go For Broke Day is a day for taking a chance, giving it all you have, and leaving nothing undone. It may be a day to put all your money down when gambling, to risk everything for a new project or business endeavor, to start a new job, or take a chance on a new relationship.

The motto of the American 442nd infantry division during World War II was "Go For Broke." This division was made up of Nisei, Americans of second-generation Japanese descent. The soldiers fought in Europe and became the most decorated regiment in American history. Of the close to 14,000 that served, 9,486 received Purple Hearts. Twenty-one members received the Medal of Honor. The first to do so was Sadao Munemori, who died on April 5, 1945, after sacrificing his life to save fellow soldiers near Seravezza, Italy. There is some indication that Go For Broke Day is celebrated on April 5 because of his valor.

How to Observe Go for Broke Day

Celebrate the day by taking a chance and going for broke! Start a new project that you've always wanted to start, ask out someone you've been wanting to ask out, or try something you've never tried. You could also celebrate the day by visiting the Go For Broke Monument and National Education Center in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, reading a book about the 442nd Infantry Regiment, or watching Go for Broke!.

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