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Venice Japanese-American Memorial Marker Dedication Thursday

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The dedication of the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument will be Thursday, 27 April, 10 to 11:30 at the northwest corner of Venice and Lincoln Blvds. The marker marks the spot 75 years ago that the Japanese Americans from Venice were picked up for forced removal and incarceration until the end of World War II.

“The marker, a black granite obelisk,” wrote Darryl DuFay in Voice of Canals, “is where Japanese-Americans from Venice and surrounding areas assembled on 25 April 1942. Over the next three days 3000 people boarded buses to be sent to Mansanar War Relocation Authority Camp near Lone Pine, CA, in the high desert on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountains.”

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February 19, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which authorized U.S. Military to designate areas “from which any or all persons may be excluded.” That order began the forced removal of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans from Washington, Oregon, and California. Although never charged with any crimes, these people of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated during World War II.

They were allowed a small suitcase and the clothes on their backs. A complete Manzanar barracks is in the Japanese Museum in downtown Los Angeles along with other memorabilia.

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.

Hama Sushi Raises Funds for VJAMM

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Hama Sushi Restaurant, 213 Windward Avenue, has been instrumental in the fund raising for the Japanese American Memorial Maker (VJAMM). Their latest is a $20 Bento Box Lunch and all box lunch proceeds will go to the marker fund. Ten percent of evening meal will go to marker.

The roundup of Japanese Americans for displacement to Manzanar for incarceration took place at the northwest corner of Venice Blvd at Lincoln Blvd 72 years ago on 25 April. They were from Venice, Santa Monica, and Malibu.

A memorial marking that site has been in the making for two years now and is nearing completion. The marker will be placed there “to remind us to remember our history and to be vigilant about our future.”

The marker is a black obelisk and will be placed at the northwest corner of Venice Blvd at Lincoln to commemorate where approximately 3000 Japanese Americans departed by bus for Manzanar War Relocation Authority Camp near Lone Pine, CA.

February 19, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which authorized U.S. Military to designate areas “from which any or all persons may be excluded.” That order began the forced removal of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans from Washington, Oregon, and California. Although never charged with any crimes, these people of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated during World War II.

They were allowed a small suitcase and the clothes on their backs. A complete Manzanar barracks is in the Japanese Museum in downtown Los Angeles along with other memorabilia.