Day of Remembrance 2017

A day of remembrance can be a day of reflection for any major event that has affected the community. For the Japanese American community, Day of Remembrance or ‘DOR’ refers to February 19th, a day commemorating the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, resulting in the incarceration of nearly 120,000 innocent Japanese Americans living on the West Coast. This event is an extremely important point in Japanese American history and the community makes every effort to ensure that we do not forget this important date (2017 commemorates the 75th anniversary of the historic event).

Many community groups organize Day of Remembrance events that take place on or around February 19th. If you have never been to a DOR event, consider attending an event or panel (and then grab a steamy bowl of noodles from a local ramen shop… we hear it’s going to be gloomy!).

Here are some of the events taking place this month:

  • Day of Remembrance 2017: Unite to Uphold Our Civil Rights
    • Saturday, February 18, 2017;  2:00PM-4:00PM
    • Japanese American National Museum: 100 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    • No RSVP necessary. Seating is first come, first served. Pay what you wish to donate.
    • 2 p.m.: Indoor Program and Reception, including talks and presentations by Norman Y. Mineta, former US Secretary of Transportation and US Secretary of Commerce; Mike Honda, former US Congressman; representatives from local Muslim, Native, Latinx, Jewish, and African American communities; and musicians, poets, and spoken word artists.
    • 3:30 p.m.: Outdoor Rally
    • Also be sure to check out the museum’s new exhibit: Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066
    • Facebook event page
Day of Remembrance 2017
Photo and information from JANM website event page


  • San Jose Day of Remembrance
    • Sunday, February 19, 2017;  5:30PM-7:30PM
    • San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin: 640 N. 5th Street, San Jose, CA 95112
    • Admission is Free and Doors open at 5 pm.
    • This year’s event features guest speaker Samina Masood, Executive Director, FACES, Congressperson Mike Honda (invited), a candlelight procession through San Jose’s Japantown, and performances by Aswat Ensemble and San Jose Taiko.
    • Facebook event page


Day of Remembrance 2017
Photo and information from the Allegiance official website.


  • Gardena Valley JCI Annual Day of Remembrance: Resistance at Tule Lake
    • Saturday, February 25, 2017; 2:00PM-4:00PM
    • Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute: 1964 W. 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247
    • Admission is free, but donations are welcome
    • This year’s theme will be centered around Tule Lake and will have a discussion with former Tule Lake incarcerees and family members and we will be showing Konrad Aderer’s film, Resistance at Tule Lake.
    • Facebook event page
Day of Remembrance 2017
Photo and information from GVJCI website.

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