Day of Remembrance 2016: National List of Events


Picture Credit: Smithsonian

Commemorating the World War II incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese Americans, Day of Remembrance is observed on or around February 19th, the date President Roosevelt authorized the internment by signing Executive Order 9066 in 1942. We encourage you to attend a Day of Remembrance event in your area. All times are local.

Pacific Northwest

Anchorage, AK: Alaska JACL Day of Remembrance 2016
When: 7:00PM-9:30PM, Friday, February 19, 2016
Where: Alaska Public Media Station TV Studio, 3877 University Drive, Anchorage AK 95508
Event is Free, donations appreciated.

Seattle, WA: Seattle Asian American Film Festival: The Empty Chair 
When: 12:00PM, Saturday, February 20, 2016
Where: Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122

Northern California:

Sacramento, CA: Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans In Hawaii
When: 2:00PM-4:00PM, Saturday February 13, 2016
Where: California Museum 1020 O Street
Featuring Carole Hayashino, President and Executive Directors, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (JCCH) Donation suggestion of $20.00, $15.00 college students, free for students under 18.

San Jose, CA: 36th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance
When: 5:30PM-7:30PM, Sunday, February 14, 2016
Where:Morris Dailey Auditorium, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 95192
Free and open to the public

San Francisco, CA: 2016 Films of Remembrance
When: 10:30AM-8:00PM, Filmakers Reception 8:00PM-10:00PM, Saturday, February 20, 2016
Where: New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., San Francisco’s Japantown
Featuring film screenings, discussions with filmmakers, and DVD sales. Tickets are $10 per film or $60 for All 5 films, including reception.

San Francisco, CA: Days of Fear, Years of Infamy
When: 2:00PM-4:00PM, Sunday February 21, 2016
Where: Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St. (At Filmmore) San Francisco Japan town
Featuring: Reverand Ronald Kobata (San Francisco, Buddhist Temple), Zahra Billoo (CAIR-SFBA), Rev. Michael Yoshii (Buena Vista United Methodist Church) and attorney Dale Minami. Free admission. Suggested donation $8

San Francisco, CA: Day of Remembrance
When: 6:00PM-8:00PM,Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Where: California Historical Society 678 Mission Street, San Francisco
Featuring: Patrick Hayashi, Dana Ogo Shew, and The Friends of Topaz. Light refreshments will be served $10 General admission, $5 CHS members.

Santa Cruz, CA: WWII Nikkei Camp Artifacts-Historical Treasures
When: 1:00PM-4:00PM, Sunday, February 28, 2016
Where: Salinas Assembly Center, 1034 N. Main Street, Salinas CA 93906
Featuring: Berkeley JACL member Nancy Ukai Russell and Contra Costa JACLer, Laura Liyama.

Central California:

Fresno, CA: Day of Remembrance Luncheon
When: 12:00PM-1:00PM (Social Hour) Luncheon Program 1:00PM-3:00PM, Sunday, February 21, 2016
Where: Pardini’s, 2257 West Shaw Avenue, Fresno 93711
Featuring Noriko Sanefuji, Assistant Curator, Smithsonian Museum of American History

Merced, CA: Day of Remembrance Banquet
When: 5:00PM (social hour), 6:00PM (dinner), Saturday, February 28, 2016
Where: Merced County Fairgrounds, Pavilion Building, 900 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Merced, CA.
Featuring Merced Professor Ignacio López-Calvo. Dinner tickets cost $45 per person, RSVP by Tuesday Feb 10

Southern California:

Los Angeles, CA: Is it 1942 All Over Again? Overcoming our Fears and Upholding Constitutional Rights for All 
When: 2:00PM to 4:00PM, Saturday, February 20, 2016
Where: Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Focuses on the shared history of Japanese American and American Muslim communities, and how fear and prejudice can threaten the civil liberties of all people. Event is pay-what-you wish and open to the public

San Diego, CA: UCSD Day of Remembrance
When: 6:30PM-8:30PM, Friday, February 19, 2016
Where: University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093, UCSD Comunidad Room in Price Center (West Second Floor)
Nikkei Student Union (NSU) is having a public showing of “Stand up for Justice: The Ralph Lazo Story” and afterwards a Q&A session. The panel for the Q&A session includes featured speaker, Kay Ochi, who was involved in the production of the featured documentary and San Diego Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) board members, David Kawamoto and Mitsuo Tomita.


Boise, ID: Day of Remembrance
When: 1:30PM, Monday, February 15, 2016
Where: Idaho State Capitol, 700 W Jefferson St, Boise, ID 83702
Featuring a ceremony with LT. Gov. Brad Little

Ogden, UT: Day of Remembrance
When: 12:00PM-2:00PM, Saturday, February 20, 2016
Where: Pleasant Valley Library, 5568, South 500 East, Ogden, UT 84405
Featuring Utah State Senate District 8, Dr. Brian E. Shiozawa, $10.00 for program and bento from Hanamaru

Denver, CO: Building Bridges of Inclusivity
When: 1:00PM-4:00PM, Sunday February 21, 2016
Where: History Colorado Center, First Floor Auditorium, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Free admission, presentation followed by a panel discussion moderated by Facing History. Participants also have access to History Colorado Museum and exhibits until 5:00PM


Omaha, NE: Day of Remembrance: A Dialogue on the Syrian Refugee Crisis
When: 7:00PM, Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Where: Creighton University- Harper Center (Rm 3028)
A panel discussion featuring Bill Yoshino, Midwest Director of JACL and Creighton Law Professor

Chicago, IL: 2016 Day of Remembrance 
When: 2:00PM, Sunday, February 21, 2016
Where: Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street
Featuring Mitchell T. Maki, c0-author of the book Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress.

Indianapolis, IN: Shinnenkai
When: 1:00PM, Saturday, February 6, 2016
Where: Irvington Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN
Featuring Ken Matsumoto and George Hanasono discussing their experiences as part of “Kansha, Too.”

East Coast:

New England (Medford, MA):BEND
When: 8:00PM, Friday & Saturday, February 26-27, 2016
Where: Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station Street, Brookline, MA.
Featuring an art performance by Kimi Maeda

Philadelphia, PA: Day of Remembrance
When: 1:00PM, Saturday, February 20, 2016
Where: The Friends Center, MLK Room 1525 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA
Featuring Kermit Roosevelt III author of Allegiance. Event is free. Reduced parking available across 25th St. with validated ticket.

Washington, D.C.: Japanese American Incarceration and the Art of Identity
When: 6:30PM, Friday, February 19, 2016
Where: Smithsonian, The National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., 20001
Featuring a conversation and performance by Roger Shimomura

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