Manzanar Committee’s Bruce Embrey At 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage: “Remembering Is Not Passive. We Must Act On Our Memories”

The following are Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey’s closing remarks at the 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, held on April 25, 2015, at the Manzanar National Historic Site.


Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey, shown here delivering the closing remarks at the conclusion of
the 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 25, 2015,
Manzanar National Historic Site.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

Today, we stand here, at this National Historic Site, on the very land that was once an American concentration camp. We stand here today having had Presidents apologize for this grave injustice. We’ve had Presidents name Fred Korematsu and Gordon Hirabayashi American heroes.

Ours is a powerful story, one we should be proud of telling. It is a story of a resilient people, who, facing one of the greatest failures of American democracy, chose to not only survive, but also to demand justice.

Ours is a powerful story, one of loss of freedom, of racism, and of being marched off to live behind barbed wire, and when forced to leave and resettle with little or no real support, the Japanese American community had mixed emotions. No doubt people were angry. How could you not be angry? Losing homes, businesses, schooling—being accused with absolutely no proof of being the enemy, of plotting to harm your own country, denied your birthright of citizenship, all because of your ancestry. Who wouldn’t be?

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44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage: In Photographs

Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

A few days have passed since the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, and the 2013 Manzanar At Dusk program, held last Saturday, April 27, 2013. Members of the Manzanar Committee returned to Southern California on Sunday after a lot of hard work, especially in the days just prior to the events, and of course, on Saturday.

By all accounts, this year’s Pilgrimage was a huge success. The numbers aren’t in yet, but initial estimates put the crowd anywhere from 1,400 to 1,700 people.

We’ll have more on the Pilgrimage and the Manzanar At Dusk program in the coming days and weeks. But for now, here is our first photo essay on the Pilgrimage (photos from the 2013 Manzanar At Dusk program will be published separately).

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THIS SATURDAY: 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2013 Manzanar At Dusk

The traditional Roll Call of the Camps during the 43rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 28, 2012, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, in California’s Owens Valley.
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Photo: Mark Kirchner/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — Don’t forget…the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and the 2013 Manzanar At Dusk programs are coming up this Saturday, April 27, 2013.

The 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage begins at 12:00 PM PDT 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).

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MEDIA ADVISORY: 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2013 Manzanar At Dusk, April 27, 2013 – Credential Information/Media Guidelines (REVISED)

To download the media guidelines for coverage
of the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and
the 2013 Manzanar At Dusk programs,
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The 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage is scheduled for 12:00 PM PDT on Saturday, April 27, 2013, 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).

The popular Manzanar At Dusk program follows that same evening, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Lone Pine High School gymnasium, located at 538 South Main Street (U.S. Highway 395), in Lone Pine, nine miles south of the Manzanar National Historic Site, across the street from McDonald’s (see map below).

For further details on these events, please follow our press releases on our blog, http://blog.manzanarcommittee.org.

Credentials will be required for all media, commercial photographers, and film crews for the Manzanar Pilgrimage and the Manzanar At Dusk programs. We encourage those covering the events to pre-register via e-mail, so that we can have a credential and media packet ready for you upon arrival.

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