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Day of Remembrance Schedule of Events

February 01, 2016

February 19 marks the 74th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066

On February 19, 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the Secretary of War to prescribe military areas within the United States for "protection against espionage and against sabotage." This order led to the forcible removal and incarceration of more than 110,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry, none of whom were ever found guilty of espionage or sabotage. The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, an investigative measure created under Jimmy Carter, concluded in 1982 that the incarceration came of "race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership," and in 1990, survivors of the incarceration camps began to receive redress payments and letters of apology from the United States government. More information about the history of Japanese Americans and the process and legacy of their incarceration can be found here.

Since the 1970s, the Japanese American community has commemorated the signing of Executive Order 9066 with gatherings, exhibits, and other events around the country. A partial schedule of 2016 events can be found below. To add an event to this list, please contact Charlotte Steinhardt at .

2016 Day of Remembrance Events 

(All times are local)


Saturday, February 13
1020 O St
Sacramento, CA 95814
1:00-4:00 pm

$20.00 GA, $15.00 Student Admission


Sunday, February 14

Featured speaker: Jimi Yamaichi
Morris Dailey Auditorium
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA 95192

Free and open to the public


Monday, February 15—Friday, February 19

Online; with sign-up, lessons are emailed to your inbox daily!

Free and open to the public


Thursday, February 18

Day of Remembrance
The Washington State House of Representatives adopts a resolution concerning EO 6099 and honors the Nisei veterans and internees in attendance.
Washington State House of Representatives
416 Sid Snyder Ave SW
Olympia, WA 98504

Open to Nisei veterans and incarcerees. For more information, please contact the Nisei Veterans Committee at .

Featuring a Q & A with filmmakers and former incarcerates
Cal State University, LH 151
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840
6:30pm–9:00 pm

Free and open to the public

Film Screening: "Blossoms and Thorns" (showing February 18 & 25)
Visitor Education Center
1414 Harbour Way S #3000,
Richmond, CA 94804

Free and open to the public


Friday, February 19

with Special Guest Councilmember Karyl Matsumoto
City Council Chambers, Municipal Services Building
33 Arroyo Drive
South San Francisco, CA 94080


with Roger Shimomura
Warner Bros. Theater, First Floor
National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

5:30pm-8:45pm (Displays, Performance, & Book Signing)


Saturday, February 20

Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Pay what you wish

New People Cinema
1746 Post St. (San Francisco’s Japantown)
San Francisco, CA 94115

Tickets: $10 ($8 for students); packages available

Presented by Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Deschutes Public Library
507 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97701
Free and open to the public

Pleasant Valley Library
5568 S. Adams Ave.
Washington Terrace, UT 84405

$10 at the door

Northwest Film Forum, Screen 1
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

$11; packages available


Sunday, February 21

Featuring speaker Mitchell Maki, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, CSU Dominguez Hills
Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Youth Program 12:00pm-1:30pm 
Main Event 2:00pm–4:00pm
Free and open to the public
Featuring Taiko groups from the Northwest
Seattle University Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Proceeds go to scholarships for youth and incarcerees over 80 years old to attend the Minidoka Pilgrimage

National Japanese American Historical Society
1684 Post Street
San Francisco, CA

Free admission; suggested donation of $8


Tuesday, February 23

Featuring speakers who had family members incarcerated at the Tanforan and Topaz incarceration camps
California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105



Thursday, February 25
Visitor Education Center
1414 Harbour Way S #3000,
Richmond, CA 94804

Free and open to the public


Saturday, February 27

Featuring a talk by Karen L. Ishizuka (author of Serve the People and Lost and Found), as well as presentations from the GVJCI class “Sansei Stories,” a spoken word piece from Kyle Toyama, a display on the art of Roger Shimomura, and the work of local artists.
Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Hall
1964 W. 162nd St.

Gardena, CA 90247
Free and open to the public


Sunday, February 28

Salinas Assembly Center
1034 N. Main St
Salinas, CA 93906



Saturday, March 7

Featuring Mamoru “Mori” and James Tanimoto, who will share their experiences being arrested along with other men of Block 42 at the Tule Lake WRA Center during World War II
UCLA Asian American Studies Center
1840 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94115



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