Hood River’s Unwelcome WWII Veterans and Executive Order 9066

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A special event accompanying the “What If Heroes Were Not Welcome Home?” traveling exhibit will be held from 2:00-4:00 PM at the Lane County Historical Museum at the Fairgrounds on Saturday, Dec 6.

Guest speakers include Linda Tamura, co-curator of the Heroes exhibit and author of The Hood River Issei (1993) and Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence (2012). Linda will address the hometown campaign discouraging Japanese American veterans’ return after their heroic World War II service even as their families were incarcerated on American soil. She’ll also tell of ordinary citizens who stepped forward to demonstrate principles of justice and will promote questions about lessons today.
Researcher and Eugene Japanese American Memorial Committee member Aimee Yogi will relate the Hood River story to Executive Order 9066 and its application to registrants in Lane County. County. She will also relate UO Dean Karl Onthank’s stand against the relocation order.
Refreshments will be served following the presentations.
This special event is co-sponsored by the Eugene Japanese American Memorial Committee. The “Heroes” traveling exhibit is on loan from the Oregon Historical Society and will be on display through the end of February.


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