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Day of Remembrance

70 years ago today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law, Executive Order 9066. This order allowed the removal from the West Coast and incarceration of over 120K people - majority were American citizens. They had not committed nor were they convicted of a crime - any crime - just looked like the people the US was at war with.

Mom was 10 years old - the youngest of 9 kids. Grandpa had died in 1937. She and her family first were taken from their home to Walerga Assembly Center. Then they went to Tule Lake. They were eventually moved to Jerome and finally ended up at Rohwer.

Dad was 15 - the youngest of 4. First, his family went to the Tanforan Assembly Center and ended up in Topaz. (If you're ever at the Tanforan Shopping Center in San Bruno, that's the place)

This executive order was not rescinded until February 19, 1976. It was legal for over 30 years.

I wrote a report in 7th grade, and other kids had no idea. When I went to Europe & Austrailia, people my age still didn't know it had happened. I grew up knowing that the word "camp" usually didn't mean summer camp.



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Feb. 20th, 2012 12:53 pm (UTC)
Over the past few years, James Keelaghan seems to have become my favorite Canadian folk singer. He does a piece called Kiri's Piano. This is a link to him introducing it, singing it, and then talking about what it means to him. Be warned that it's a fairly depressing piece, so feel free to skip it if you're not in the mood for that.

Feb. 20th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing!
I'd never heard of James Keelaghan before and now after listening to many of his songs this morning? I've purchased both My Skies & The Road.
Feb. 21st, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)

I don't think I was really aware of this until I heard you talk about your parents. It's amazing the stuff they leave out of school history lessons. Sometimes I think society will go down that road again with regard to Muslims and/or Middle Easterners.

I like James Keelaghan's song "Cold Missouri Waters". He tells some great stories through song.
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