November 5, 2013 Leave a comment
The following is a press release from the Friends of Manzanar.
COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER: Event will also raise funds to complete reconstruction of demonstration block at Manzanar National Historic Site.LOS ANGELES — On November 5, the Friends of Manzanar announced that a Community Songfest, honoring retiring Manzanar National Historic Site Superintendent Les Inafuku, and to raise funds for the completion of Manzanar’s Block 14, will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2013, at Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple’s (also known as Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple) Kaikan (Grand Hall), starting at 2:00 PM.
The Manzanar Committee, sponsors of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1969, and the more recent Manzanar At Dusk program, is a co-sponsor of the event.
Inafuku, who was named to the top post at Manzanar NHS in September 2008, became its first Japanese American superintendent since it became a National Historic Site in March 1992.
A 38-year veteran of the National Park Service, Inafuku will retire in January after serving at sites in Hawaii, Wyoming, and Alaska, prior to his work at Manzanar NHS.