THIS SATURDAY! 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2017 Manzanar At Dusk

Banners representing all of the American concentration camps in which more than 110,000 Japanese and Japanese
Americans were unjustly incarcerated during World War II are shown here during the interfaith service
at the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage in 2013.
(click above to view larger image)
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

On Friday morning, April 28, the Manzanar Committee will begin its trek to the Owens Valley to begin our final preparations for the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and the 2017 Manzanar At Dusk program, scheduled for THIS SATURDAY, April 29, 2017.

Here are the critical points you need to know:

48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

  • Held at the Manzanar National Historic Site, at the cemetery (northwest corner of the site), approximately 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles, on U.S. Highway 395 (see map below).
  • Program begins at 11:30 AM with a performance by UCLA Kyodo Taiko.
  • We’re expecting a record crowd, so get there early.
  • Bring your own food/snacks. Water will be provided.
  • Be prepared for ANY kind of weather, as it can change very, very quickly along the slopes of the Eastern Sierra. Winds usually kick up as we go deeper into the afternoon
  • Bring a hat and sunscreen and USE IT, even if its cloudy, as ultraviolet light penetrates clouds and is rather intense at higher elevations.
  • DRINK PLENTY OF WATER while you’re there. STAY HYDRATED EVEN IF THE WEATHER IS MILD. The air is much drier at higher elevations
  • If you will be participating in the interfaith service, please bring your own flowers. The Manzanar Committee cannot provide flowers for everyone.
  • Keep in mind that Manzanar National Historic Site is protected land. Collecting anything from the site, no matter if it looks like it was just trash (many such items are actually historic), is prohibited by Federal law. As the saying goes, Take only photographs. Leave only footprints.

2017 Manzanar At Dusk

  • Program begins at 5:00 PM.
  • Program will be held in the gymnasium at Lone Pine High School, 538 S. Main Street (U.S. Highway 395), in Lone Pine, approximately nine miles south of the Manzanar National Historic Site, across the street from McDonald’s (see map below)..
  • Now in its 20th year, Manzanar At Dusk is co-sponsored by the Nikkei Student Unions at California State University, Long Beach, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, San Diego.
  • Unlike previous years, the gymnasium will not be open early due to new technical challenges for this year’s program. Early arrivals will be directed to the school’s auditorium and courtyard until we’re ready to open the doors.
  • We’re expecting a record crowd, just like for the Pilgrimage.

For more details…

Manzanar National Historic Site via Google Maps

Lone Pine High School


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5 Responses to THIS SATURDAY! 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2017 Manzanar At Dusk

  1. Tom Fanslow says:

    Wishing I could attend the event. Stay well and God bless your program. Any one able to pass on info about Dr.Nakamura.Met him many years ago.
    Tom Fanslow

  2. Gary Itano says:

    To “stragglers.” Can take up to three. FCFS confirm to 949-922-7562 by 5PM, Friday, 4/28. Leaving WLA ~6AM. Return ~midnight.

  3. Thomas Fanslow says:

    Wishing I were there. no transportation from my area. God bless your program and keep everyone safe. Tom Fanslow

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