February 19, 1942: A Day to Remember

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, giving military permission to incarcerate over 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry and forcibly move them to crudely built relocation camps in California, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Arkansas, Idaho, and Utah.

Manzanar Relocation Camp Memorial Image source: Ashley A.
Manzanar Relocation Camp Memorial
Image source: Ashley A.

Each  year, Day of Remembrance (also referred to as DOR) events are held to commemorate the signing of this Executive Order and teach the public about its significance. Often times, people will share personal stories or thoughts relating to the internment camps through speeches, songs, or other performances. This annual event continues to be an important tradition in the Japanese American community.

The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles will be hosting a Community Day of Remembrance on Saturday, February 15, 2014. The museum is working with the Japanese American Citizens League Pacific Southwest District, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, and the Manzanar Committee to present this event.

Artists and speakers of different generations of Japanese Americans will be featured, including Dr. Akemi Yano (Nisei Author) and Sean Miura (Yonsei Performance Artist).

 

Community Day of Remembrance:

Saturday, February 15, 2014

2:00-4:00pm

Japanese American National Museum

100 N. Central Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

Visit the JANM website for more information.