Day of Remembrance
On February 19th, 1942 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed and issued Executive Order 9066. The Executive Order enabled the Government to "round-up" and detain Japanese American citizens. The Japanese American's detained in more than a dozen camps across America made of life what they could during the more than three years they were imprisoned. Many Japanese American young men responded to the internment of themselves and their families by enlisting in the military and serving with great distinction.
2012 DOR
February 18, 2012 - Annual Day of Remembrance at the Smithsonian

The 70th commemoration of Executive Order 9066 was held at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History on February 18, 2012. President Roosevelt issued Executive Order that provided for the detention of Japanese American's during WWII.

NAJMF was a proud cosponsor of the event.

Click on the picture to view the Smithsonian Institution APAC photo album of the event.

The APAC provides an in-depth recap of the days events.

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2011 DOR
The 69th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which led to the imprisonment of 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II, the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program and the Japanese American Veteran Association, the Japanese American Civic League present the film "442: Live with Honor, Die with Dignity" at the Smithsonian Institution. This film, directed by Junichi Suzuki, narrates the history and legacy of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, known as the most decorated US Regiment during WWII.

In addition to the use of archival footage, the film includes interviews with several surviving veterans including United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye and George Sakato. Both veterans were recipients of the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration awarded by the U.S. government. A forum with the director, Junichi Suzuki, and 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team veteran, Terry Shima, will follow the screening.

442: Live with Honor, Die with Dignity Film Screening and Discussion with Director Junichi Suzuki

Saturday, February 19, 2011 Film Begins at 2PM

Carmichael Auditorium National Museum of American History 14th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW

This event is free and open to the public
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2009 DOR
The National Japanese American Memorial Foundation and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program hosted a panel discussion to mark the 67th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the imprisonment of 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

The Annual Day of Remembrance at the Smithsonian: The Japanese American Experience in Print was held on February 19, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rasmuson Theater at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Speakers for the event included three writers who have written about the Japanese American experience during the war: Shirley Castelnuovo, David Mura and Kiyo Sato.  NJAMF board chair, Craig D. Uchida opened the discussion, and renowned historian and APA Program Director, Dr. Franklin Odo will acted as moderator.

David Mura, Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire - A historian who must delve into his own family's past to understand how his parents' experiences in the WWII internment camps shaped not only their lives, but the lives of generations to come.

Kiyo Sato, Dandelion Through the Crack: The Sato Family Quest for the American Dream - A memoir that captures the experiences of a Japanese American family from California, who survives the Great Depression, only to live through imprisonment during WWII.

Shirley Castelnuovo, Soldiers of Conscience: Japanese American Military Resisters in World War II - The story of the Japanese American men who refused to serve after being drafted into the U.S. Army as a protest of the imprisonment of their Japanese American families during WWII. Cedrick Shimo, one of the resisters, who also wrote the book's foreword, also joined the panel.

NJAMF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to education and public awareness about the Japanese American experience during World War II. It raised the private funds to build the Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II. The Memorial is not only a monument to the Japanese American experience, but also a reminder that we must not allow anything like this to happen to any minority community again.