The traditional Roll Call of the Camps during the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage in April 2013 ensures that each of the Internment Camps established by the U.S. Government during World War II are recognized as former internees and their families gather to remember the Japanese American Civil Rights struggle in the 1940s. Photo by Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee
Planning is underway for the 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and related events.
Each year, hundreds of students, teachers, community members, clergy and former incarcerees attend the Pilgrimage to reflect on life in the World War II Interment camp and educate the public on the history of the Japanese Americans incarcerated there.
The 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, is scheduled for noon on Saturday, April 26 at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. 395 between Lone Pine andÂ Independence.
Planning is also underway forÂ the Manzanar At Dusk program, scheduled from 5-8 p.m. that same evening at Lone Pine High School,Â located at 538 S. Main St., in Lone Pine, nine miles south of the Manzanar National Historic Site.
Manzanar At Dusk is co-sponsored by the Nikkei Student Unions atÂ California State University,Â Fullerton, California State University, Long Beach, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, San Diego.
Through a creative presentation, small group discussions and an open mike session, Manzanar At Dusk participants will have the opportunity toÂ learn about the experiences of those incarcerated in the camps. Participants will also be able to interact with former incarcerees inÂ attendance to hear their personal stories, to share their own experiences and discuss the relevance of the concentration camp experience toÂ present-day events and issues.
Further details about the Pilgrimage and the Manzanar At Dusk program will be announced at a later date.
âThe Manzanar Committee is dedicated to educating and raising public awareness about the incarceration and violation of civil rights of personsÂ of Japanese ancestry during World War II and to the continuing struggle of all peoples when Constitutional rights are in danger,â a press release from the Manzanar Committee states.
A non-profitÂ organization that has sponsored the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1969, along with other educational programs, the Manzanar Committee hasÂ also played a key role in the establishment and continued development of the Manzanar National Historic Site.
According to the Manzanar Committee, those who are planning to participate in Pilgrimage events should bring their own lunch, drinks and snacks, as there are no facilities to purchase food at the Manzanar Site. Restaurants and fast food outlets are located in Lone Pine and Independence, which are nearby. Water will be providedÂ at the site.
For more information on the Pilgrimage, the Manzanar Committee or the National Historic site, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (323) 662-5102, or check the Manzanar Committee blog at http://blog.manzanarcommittee.org.