February 12, 2016

When the first Day of Remembrance was held in Seattle in November 1978, the event was staged as part of the Redress Movement seeking an official apology and monetary compensation for those who had been unjustly incarcerated during World War II. 

Volunteers re-enacted the removal of the Seattle Japanese American community to the Puyallup Assembly Center: “Instructions To All Persons of Japanese Ancestry” posters and were nailed to telephone poles just as they had been during the war; organizers produced replicas of family name tags to give to attendees; participants gathered at a vacant lot next to the old Seattle Pilots baseball park and caravaned to Puyallup. In all, 3,000 people participated.

Today, Day of Remembrance events are held across the country and have taken on a new meaning. Now held on February 19, the day in 1942 that FDR signed Executive Order 9066, the events honor those impacted by World War II incarceration and connect that history to current events.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of 2016 Day of Remembrance events. If you know of an event that’s not an the list, email us and we’ll add it: info@densho.org

This list was compiled in collaboration with the University Press of Colorado; see their post here.

(All times are local)

Saturday, February 13

Sacramento, California
1:00-4:00 pm
$20.00 GA, $15.00 Student Admission

Sunday, February 14

Featured speaker: Jimi Yamaichi
San Jose State University
San Jose, California
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

“The Manzanar Fishing Club” Screening and Q&A with filmmakers and former incarcerates
Cal State University
Long Beach, California
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
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
Olympia, Washington
Open to Nisei veterans and incarcerees. For more information, please contact the Nisei Veterans Committee at info@nvcfoundation.org.

Friday, February 19

with Special Guest Councilmember Karyl Matsumoto
City Council Chambers, Municipal Services Building
South San Francisco, California
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Fifth Annual Films of Remembrance
New People Cinema
San Francisco, California
10:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 ($8 for students); packages available

Japanese American Incarceration and the Art of Identity
with Roger Shimomura
National Museum of American History
Washington, D.C.
5:30 – 8:45 p.m. (Displays, Performance, & Book Signing)

Saturday, February 20

Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, California
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Pay what you wish.

Collections Up Close: Letters from Beyond the Fence
Deschutes Public Library, Presented by Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Bend, Oregon
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Lunch and conversation with Brian E. Shiozawa MD, followed by film screening
Pleasant Valley Library
Ogden, Utah
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 at the door

“The Empty Chair” Film Screening

The unique story about how Japanese Americans from Juneau, Alaska, were sent to prison camps during World War II and how people from the community stood in quiet defiance against the immoral internment of American citizens. Co-Presented By: JACL Seattle and ACLU Washington
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, Washington
12:00 p.m.
Cost: $11; packages available

Sunday, February 21

“Building Bridges of Inclusivity”
Program will feature a presentation about the history of anti-Asian prejudice in the United States leading up to the WWII concentration camps and Amache, the camp in southeast Colorado. The event will conclude with a panel discussion moderated by Facing History, with representatives from the Japanese American, Muslim and Sikh communities.”
Presented by the Mile High Chapter of the JACL
History Colorado Center
Denver, Colorado
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Featuring speaker Mitchell Maki, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, CSU Dominguez Hills
Chicago History Museum
Chicago, Ilinois
Youth Program 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Main Event 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Featuring Taiko groups from the Northwest
Seattle University Pigott Auditorium
Seattle, Washington
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Proceeds go to scholarships for youth and incarcerees over 80 years old to attend the Minidoka Pilgrimage.
National Japanese American Historical Society
San Francisco, California
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Free admission; suggested donation of $8

Monday, February 22

Unsettle~Resettled: Seattle’s Hunt Hotel 
A permanent exhibit opening to the public for the first time. This exhibit sheds light on the post-war era (1945-1959) of the Japanese Language School when the buildings were converted into a temporary hostel and recalls the experiences of families and individuals who lived there.
Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington
Seattle, Washington
Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 23

Featuring speakers who had family members incarcerated at the Tanforan and Topaz incarceration camps
California Historical Society
San Francisco, California
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

, 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
Gardena, California
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.Sunday, February 28


WWII Nikkei Camp Artifacts—Historical Treasures
Salinas Assembly Center
Salinas, California
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.