March 24, 2017 Leave a comment
The following is a press release from the National Park Service.
INDEPENDENCE, CA — Manzanar National Historic Site invites visitors to participate in a weekend of special events in conjunction with the Manzanar Committee’s 48th Annual Pilgrimage. All are welcome and the events are free. This year’s Pilgrimage coincides with the 75th Anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing Executive Order 9066, ultimately authorizing the United States Army to forcibly remove and incarcerate all Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants in California, western Oregon and Washington, and southern Arizona.
The government incarcerated more than 11,000 men, women, and children in Manzanar.
This year also marks the 25th Anniversary of Congress’ establishment of Manzanar National Historic Site. It was the result of decades of grass-roots efforts by the Manzanar Committee, beginning on a cold, winter day in 1969, an event now considered the first Manzanar Pilgrimage.