On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which set in motion the forced evacuation and incarceration of many thousands of loyal United States citizens solely by reason of their Japanese ancestry.
I have read about the internment of Japanese-Americans. I have seen films and videos. I look forward to Allegiance: A New American Musical.
Yet as Japanese-American Remembrance Day draws to a close, I am reminded that nothing carries the power of speaking with people who experienced internment.
I give thanks for the grace and courage of the Rev. Dan Ogata, Alice Nishi, and Dave Sugiuchi who shared their stories with me. I give thanks for the grace and courage of the people I never met who endured imprisonment in their own land.
I pray my memories will move me to honor the ideals on which the United States is founded and to work for human rights for all people.
See you along the Trail.