On January 26, 2013, long-time Manzanar Committee, San Fernando Valley Japanese American Citizens League, and LGBT leader Tak Yamamoto was honored and remembered by friends, family, colleagues and fellow activists at an informal memorial service, held at the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center in Pacoima, California.
The following is a tribute to Yamamoto by Alisa Lynch, Chief of Interpretation, Manzanar National Historic Site, a portion of which was read as part of the program.
Video of the event, and a handful of photographs from the event can be viewed below.
Long-time Manzanar Committee leader Tak Yamamoto (second from left), shown here receiving the Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award at the 40th Annual
Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 25, 2009, died on November 9, 2012.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee
According to a War Relocation Authority roster, on May 17, 1942, a boy tagged with family number 24119 arrived in the searing hot desert of Arizona. Just two days before his fourth birthday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt
had signed Executive Order 9066, ultimately allowing the U.S. Army to round up and confine 120,313 Japanese Americans based solely on their ancestry. The boy was like two-thirds of all of the people in the camps: a child and an American Citizen.
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