Los Angeles Day of Remembrance To Feature Community Speakers and Cultural Performances

To download a copy of the 2017 Day of Remembrance flyer, click on the
image above {Adobe Acrobat Reader software required).

LOS ANGELES — The 2017 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.

The Day of Remembrance is held annually to commemorate President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, which resulted in the unjust incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents in American concentration camps and other confinement sites during World War II.

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UCLA Kyodo Taiko and Daion Taiko To Perform At 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

UCLA Kyodo Taiko, shown here during the 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 25, 2015,
at the Manzanar National Historic Site
(click to view larger image)
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — UCLA Kyodo Taiko and Daion Taiko will perform at the 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below).

Cultural performances, including UCLA Kyodo Taiko, begin at 11:30 AM PDT, while the main portion of the program starts at 12:00 PM.

Each year, over 1,000 people from diverse backgrounds, including students, teachers, community members, clergy and former incarcerees attend the Pilgrimage, which commemorates the unjust incarceration of over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in ten American concentration camps, and other confinement sites, located in the most desolate, isolated regions of the United States, during World War II. Manzanar was the first of the American concentration camps to be established.

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46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage Photos and Downloadable Printed Program

Banners representing America’s World War II concentration camps are shown here during the 46th Annual
Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 25, 2015, Manzanar National Historic Site.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

In many respects, the 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 25, 2015, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, was a resounding success, enjoyed by approximately 1,500 participants.

Whether it was the booming sounds of UCLA Kyodo Taiko, the moving, insightful words of speakers Pat Sakamoto, Hatsuko Mary Higuchi, Julia Teranishi, Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey, and keynote speaker Dr. Satsuki Ina, the always inspirational words of Rev. Paul Nakamura, or the always powerful, moving interfaith service, this year’s Pilgrimage was memorable for so many reasons.

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“Find Your Park” During Manzanar Pilgrimage Weekend Events, April 24 – 26, 2015

The following is a press release from the National Park Service.


To download a printable flyer, click
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(Adobe Reader software required to view/print).

INDEPENDENCE, CA — The 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage coincides with National Park Week 2015 and the launch of the Find Your Park public awareness and education campaign surrounding the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.

Manzanar National Historic Site invites visitors to participate in a weekend of special events in conjunction with the Manzanar Committee’s 46th Annual Pilgrimage. Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place—it can be a feeling or an experience. Pilgrimage weekend offers opportunities to Find Your Park through art, music, dance, and films.

“The Find Your Park campaign encourages everyone to find their parks and share their stories. We’d love to have people share their stories of Manzanar and other Eastern Sierra parks on the findyourpark.com web site,” said Superintendent Bernadette Johnson.

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