The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community invites the public to join them for the 82nd Annual Day of Remembrance on March 30th

The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community members invite the public to join them Saturday, March 30, as they commemorate the 82nd anniversary of the forced removal of Japanese American friends and neighbors from Bainbridge Island.

 Japanese Exclusion Memorial The commemoration will be held 11 am – noon at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. The memorial is located at the historic ferry dock landing where the first of more than 120,000 individuals of Japanese descent—two-thirds of whom were American citizens—were forced from their homes and confined to concentration camps during World War II. Executive Order 9066 was signed President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942.

The theme of this year’s program is “Teach the Children,” addressing the need for a new generation to share the stories of incarceration survivors. Keynote speaker is Natalie Sakuma, who will talk about the legacy of her grandfather, Satoru Sakuma. Natalie is a fourth-generation Japanese American and a teacher in the Sedro-Woolley School District.

Other speakers include:

  • Barbara Lawrence of the Suquamish Tribe
  • Val Tollefson, board president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association
  • Bainbridge Island City Council member Clarence Moriwaki
  • Drew Hansen, Senator, WA state
  • Chasity Malatesta of the Multicultural Advisory Council
  • Michele Bombardier, with a reading of the poem “In Remembrance”
  • Ken Matsudaira and Taiga Araki, with a reading of the 276 names

Event details:

  • Date: Saturday, March 30, 2024
  • Time: 11 am – noon, approximately
  • Location: Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, located in Pritchard Park (4195 Eagle Harbor Dr NE, Bainbridge Island). A program will be held on the upper grounds. Seating is limited. Attendees asked to bring their own chairs.
  • Parking: On-site parking is reserved for survivors, speakers, and people with disabilities.
  • Shuttle: Off-site parking is located at Bethany Lutheran Church (7968 Finch Rd NE, Bainbridge Island), where a 21-seat Tour Bainbridge shuttle will be available 9 a.m to 1 pm to take people to and from the memorial.

Japanese American Exclusion Memorial sign at parking areaFollowing the ceremony, related events will be held at Sakai Intermediate, and Bainbridge Island Historical Museum. The film Omoiyari will be shown 3-4:30 pm at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. A complimentary post-event lunch will be held for survivors and their families at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Day of Remembrance event can sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E4CAAAA23A1FC1-march1. A volunteer orientation will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, March 26.

This event is being funded by a City of Bainbridge cultural grant and through contributions by community sponsors.

For more information: Carol Reitz President, Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community 425-765-9284 Carolreitz@msn.com

*Information and images provided by Visit Bainbridge and BIJAC

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