Diary

Day of Remembrance

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Exactly 75 years ago today, Executive Order 9066 was signed sending over 100,000 of Japanese descent (many of whom were United States citizens) to interment camps with only what they could carry. In what was at the time settled law, the Supreme Court ruled in Hirabayashi v. United States and Korematsu v. United States (which was never overturned) that it was not a violation of due process to take away their businesses and their homes and send them to camps in the desert.

The response of many of these Japanese citizens was to 442nd Regimental Combat Team which is one of the most decorated regiments in the history of the United States. This response is important to remember when we consider those who protest riot today for the actions of those centuries ago. These Japanese-American citizens were willing to fight for their adopted country while their family lived in a camp after having had everything taken away from them.

The last camp was not closed until March of 1946, six months after the war ended, and the last Japanese were not released until October, over a year after the war ended. It is important to know and understand history, including the not so pleasant parts, so that we will not be doomed to repeat them.