15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Manzanar National Historic Site, CA. Memorial Day, 2015. On this Memorial Day, a young Boy Scout aspiring to obtain his Eagle rank pays tribute to the fallen internees of America's concentration/internment camp, Manzanar. Following the devastation at Pearl Harbor, innocent Japanese American citizens (many of whom later entered the US army to prove their US loyalty) were ordered to relocate to internment camps under Executive Order 9066. Subject to discrimination and hatred, many internees lost everything, including their dignity and lives. This monument not only serves as a reminder of our dark past, but as a beacon of hope for tolerance, compassion, and understanding as we move forward in a nation who's greatest strength is its diversity.
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