Manzanar Committee Lauds Manzanar NHS Volunteers Saburo and Ann Sasaki

Saburo (right) and Ann Sasaki (left) received the Hartzog Enduring Service Award from National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis (center)
in Washington D.C. on August 9, 2016.
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National Park Service photo

LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar Committee congratulates Saburo and Ann Sasaki on receiving the National Park Service’s Hartzog Enduring Service Award, recognizing their tremendous volunteer work at the Manzanar National Historic Site.

Joined by Superintendent Bernadette Johnson and Volunteer Coordinator Carrie Andresen, the award was presented to Saburo and Ann by National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis in Washington, D.C. on August 9.

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Manzanar Committee at the 2016 Nisei Week Festival – Photos/Video

Members of the Manzanar Committee at the 2016 Nisei Week Awards Dinner
Photo: Vicky Perez/Manzanar Committee

This year, the Manzanar Committee was involved in the 2016 Nisei Week Festival, riding in the parade on August 14 in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo and we were honored by the Nisei Week Foundation, joining Bunkado and the Little Tokyo Public Safety Association as recipients of the Frances K. Hashimoto Community Service Award at the Nisei Week Awards Dinner the following evening.

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Manzanar NHS Seeks Public’s Help In Updating Camp Roster

Names of all 11,070 people who were unjustly incarcerated at Manzanar during World War II are listed on
the west wall of the exhibit at the Manzanar Visitor’s Center.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

The following story was originally published in the Rafu Shimpo on July 28, 2016, under the title, “Manzanar Names To Get An Update.” It is reprinted here with permission.

by Gwen Muranaka, Rafu Shimpo English Editor-In-Chief

Names—11,070 of them—are an emotional testament to the presence of the men, women and children who called Manzanar their home during World War II. At the Manzanar Interpretive Center, an opaque screen printed with those names is a centerpiece of the exhibition, and now it’s getting an update. The public’s help is sought in correcting omissions or misspellings.

“The original list of 11,070 names came from a roster database created by numerous Manzanar volunteers who were working from a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopied roster that Sue Kunitomi Embrey gave us in 2002,” explained Alisa Lynch, Chief of Interpretation. “Many of the names were hard to read because on the old typewritten originals. Many E’s looked like O’s or A’s and I’s looked like L’s, etc.”

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2016 Manzanar Pilgrimage – Official Photo Essay

Banners representing the ten American concentration camps in which Japanese Americans were unjustly incarcerated
during World War II, the Crystal City Internment Camp. and the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team/Military
Intelligence Service are shown here in front of the cemetery at the Manzanar National Historic Site during
the 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 30, 2016.
Photo: Mark Kirchner/Manzanar Committee

We’re rather late with photos from professional photographers Mark Kirchner and Geri Ferguson, but here’s our official photo essay from the 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Manzanar National Historic Site.

Our thanks to Mark and Geri for once again providing us with their wonderful photographs. We deeply appreciate their amazing skill, outstanding work, dedication and generosity, and we hope you do, too!

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