WSHS Presents Day of Remembrance Programs

The Washington State Historical Society (WSHS) will be honoring Day of Remembrance with free virtual programs and the debut of a new permanent exhibit.

Day of Remembrance (DOR), typically recognized in February, is a time to reflect on WWII when 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced to relocate to internment camps by the executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

This affected thousands of Japanese Washingtonians who were removed from their homes and separated from loved ones.

Communities in the South Puget Sound region commemorate the date in May, which is also Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, due to the anniversary of more than 700 Japanese people being forced from Tacoma to a California detention facility.

The Historical Society is presenting two free digital programs on Thursday, May 20: Never Again: The Story of the Japanese American Incarceration at 5 p.m., and the UWT scholarly selections panel talk Never Again is Now: Japanese American Incarceration, Anti-Asian Violence, and Immigration Detention in the 21st Century at 7 p.m.

In addition, a new gallery, Remembrance: The Legacy of Executive Order 9066 in Washington State, is slated to open Thursday, June 17, at the Washington State History Museum.

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