On February 19, 1942, little more than two months after the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor and the United States’ entrance into World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order # 9066, which called for Japanese American citizens living in the western states and Hawaii to be moved to internment camps, many for the duration of the war.
The Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism during World War II is a reminder of this unjust situation and a memorial to the Japanese Americans who fought in World War II.
Questions and Answers
Question: Where did the Japanese Americans live before they were taken to the camps?
Answer: Throughout the western states and Hawaii. Many of them lived in communities in California, Seattle, and Portland. Some were farmers living in Idaho and Utah. Most of them had businesses and homes that they lost.
Question: What happened to the camps after the war?
Answer: Some of them were torn down, some were used as military areas, and some were used to house Mexican American farm workers, who in most cases, were not treated very well in the communities either.
Watch a video about the Japanese American internment.
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