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Tacoma Day of Remembrance and Free Third Thursday

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Learn about the forced incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry during WWII after President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. The event is free and all ages are welcome.

Learn to make origami folded paper cranes, a symbol of peace, to carry during the commemorative walk to Union Station later in the evening. Experience history through the Living Voices performance Within the Silence, the story of a teenage girl sent to a US concentration camp. Participate in a Town Hall discussion about an upcoming permanent exhibition focused on Japanese American history across Washington related to Executive Order 9066. 

To close the Day of Remembrance, Tamiko Nimura and Tacoma historian Michael Sullivan will lead a community walk to Union Station. Remarks will be made in front of the former railway station to remember the families who reported there on their way to being forcibly incarcerated in federal camps during World War II. 

Event Schedule: 

  • 3:00-7:00 PM  Paper crane folding in the Grand Lobby
  • 5:00-6:00 PM  Living Voices presents “Within the Silence” in the auditorium
  • 6:00-6:45 PM  Town Hall discussion moderated by Eileen Yamada Lamphere in auditorium. Learn about and share your ideas for the upcoming Washington State History Museum exhibition of Japanese American history in our state.
  • 7:00-7:30 PM  Commemorative procession from museum’s outdoor amphitheater to Union Station led by Tamiko Nimura and Michael Sullivan

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