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Tarumi Violinists, known at the UN as “musical ambassadors of peace”, honor US Veterans.

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Yukako Tarumi, Director of the Tarumi Violin Children's Foundation for the Arts, accompanied by Guillermo Vaisman on accordian and her young musicians, are all from the New York Metropolitan area. The Tarumi Violinists, well known for their numerous performances at the United Nations, recently performed at the Federal VA Hospital Campus and Veteran’s Community Living Center in Queens. New York. Photo: Ann Charles

Pictured here is a young boy holding an American flag during a tribute to US veterans by the Tarumi Violinists.

As you can see from the happy expression on Yukako’s face, she really enjoyed connecting with veterans such as the US veteran shown here.

Yukako Tarumi, Director of the internationally-known Tarumi Violinists, accompanied by Guillermo Vaisman on accordion, performed for veterans at the Federal VA Hospital Campus and Veteran’s Community Living Center in Queens, New York to honor US veterans. On hand to welcome these talented young violinists was Lud Augustin, Recreation Director.

During their visit, these multi-cultural violinists from the New York Metropolitan area, lifted the spirits of these veterans by playing all-American favorites on their violins and music from around the world.  It was also an opportunity for Yukako Tarumi, the Founder of the Tarumi Violin Children’s Foundation for the Arts, to show their appreciation to these veterans for their military service and dedication to the United States of America.

The children, under the dynamic leadership of Yukako Tarumi, are reaching out to people throughout the world, including US veterans, through the joy of music.  Her students have chosen not only to actively participate in veteran events, but also to use their musical talents to bring joy to others.

Enjoying a friendly conversation with this American veteran is Yukako Tarumi who is bringing the joy of music to US veterans through the performances of the Tarumi Violinists and accordionist, Guillermo Vaisman.

What makes the Tarumi Violinists so special is that this group of talented, young violinists holds the distinction of having performed for four UN Secretary-Generals at the United Nations, namely, the current UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the three former UN Secretary-Generals, Secretary-General Ban K-moon, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and Boutros-Boutros Ghali on the UN International Day of Peace.

The Tarumi violinists have also played for US President William Jefferson Clinton at the White House, Queen Silvia of Sweden, and His Holiness John PauI at the Vatican. In addition, these talented violinists have performed for over ten years on Earth Day on the Equinox (March 20-2l) initiated by John McConnell, as well as the International Day of Peace (September 2l) for over two decades.

This group photo shows Yukako Tarumi, Director, the Tarumi Violinists, together with her performers, friends, members of the US military, and Lud Augustin, Recreational Director, on the right.

Most recently, on June 6, 2018, the US Government, under US President Donald J. Trump, signed the historic VA Mission Act into law. It is testament to the US Government’s commitment to veterans, caregivers, and their families.

As explained, “the bi-partisan support fostered by the tireless work of both the House and Senate Veteran’s Affairs Committee Chairman, Republican Phil Roe and Senator Johnny Isakson, along with members of the committee led to the overwhelming passage of the Act.

“We also recognize the outstanding efforts from our Veterans Service Organization partners to deliver their promise to those who served this great nation” the statement said.

As President Trump told veterans today, “In every generation there have been heroes like them, who answer the call to serve, who do whatever it takes, and whenever we need them to defend America. They put everything on the line for us, and when they come home, we must do everything that we can possibly do for them. And that’s what we’re doing.”

VA looks forward to implementing the law to give veterans the best possible care by increasing flexibility and streamlining access to health care.

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Ann Charles
Ann Charles is UN Bureau Chief of "Baltic Review" based in New York City. She covers diplomatic activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and the world body's work in human rights, education, culture, the environment, and tourism, among other global concerns.

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