Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument – Dedication Ceremony April 27, 2017

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We are excited as the monument’s installation and dedication approaches this month.

The engraving is completed,   the foundation has been prepared, the granite obelisk will be installed soon, the unveiling will be at 9:30 AM, followed by the dedication at 10:00 Thursday morning April 27 at the corner of Venice & Lincoln Boulevards.

The timing could not be more relevant – it was FDR’s Executive Order 9066, signed February 19, 1942, that allowed our government to forcibly remove and imprison 120,000 Japanese Americans in American concentration camps for 3 years during WWII. As in 1942, the current president’s executive orders are revoking civil rights and are disrupting our friends’ and neighbors’ lives. There has even been talk of creating camps to imprison perceived enemies; recently some politicians have referred to the example of the Japanese American “internment”.  Here is a presentation we made about this.

We must not allow similar injustices to happen again.

Banners representing the camps of Manzanar Pilgrimage 2013. A pilgrimage will be April 28-30, 2017.
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