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VJAM Marker Fund Raiser

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Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument (VJAMM) will be installed at the northwest corner of Venice and Lincoln Blvd someday soon, hopefully 1 June 2017.

The VJAMM Committee has now secured Los Angeles City signatures on the CalTrans Maintenance Agreement, CalTrans Encroachment Permit, Los Angeles City Permits A and R, and a final extension of the VJAMM grant to June 1, 2017 from the National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program.

The VJAMM obelisk will be fabricated of solid black granite from India and engraved by Mr. Williams in Arvin. “We are cautiously optimistic that the VJAMM will be installed on the northwest corner of Venice and Lincoln in late 2016 or early 2017,” wrote the announcement.

This is to commemorate those Japanese Americans who in April, 1942: “some 1,000 persons of Japanese ancestry from Venice, Santa Monica, and Malibu lined up here with only what they could carry for transport directly to Manzanar.”

The VJAMM will commemorate this history and remind us to be vigilante about our Constitutional rights, so such a forced removal and incarceration solely on the basis of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, race, or religion, will never happen to any group again.

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