On December 5, President George W. Bush signed a proclamation that created the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, which will include the former Tule Lake Segregation Center and the Tule Lake CCC camp.
Some of the over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry who were imprisoned by the United States Government during World War II were incarcerated at both locations.
“The last of the nine designations will bring increased understanding of the high price paid by some Americans on the home front,” said Bush. ”The Tule Lake Segregation Center National Historic Landmark and nearby Camp Tule Lake in California were both used to house Japanese Americans relocated from the west coast of the United States. They encompass the original segregation center’s stockade, the War Relocation Authority Motor Pool, the Post Engineer’s Yard and Motor Pool, a small part of the Military Police Compound, several historic structures used by internees and prisoners of war at Camp Tule Lake, and the sprawling landscape that forms the historic setting.
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