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Venice Japanese-American Memorial Marker Dedication Thursday


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.

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