Japanese internment anniversary marked
States in the U.S. West are marking the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt that forced 120,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans into internment camps.
Most were from Oregon, California and Washington state. Adults and children could take with them only what they could carry and were transported by bus and train, often with blacked-out windows. They were sent, ostensibly to prevent sabotage and spying, to camps in California, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and as far away as Arkansas.
Oregon, California and Washington are not only marking Sunday’s anniversary, but politicians and rights activists in those states say the country must also learn from this chapter of its history.