Day of Remembrance

February 19th is a significant date for the Japanese American community. On this day in 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which gave the U.S. Army the authority to remove civilians from the military zones established in Washington, Oregon, and California during WWII. This led to the forced removal and incarceration of some 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast, who had to abandon their jobs, their homes, and their lives to be sent to one of ten concentration camps scattered in desolate, remote regions of the country.

No Japanese Americans were ever charged, much less convicted, of espionage or sabotage against the United States. Yet they were targeted, rounded up, and imprisoned for years, simply for having the “face of the enemy.”

Every February, the Japanese American community commemorates Executive Order 9066 as a reminder of the impact the incarceration experience has had on our families, our community, and our country. It is an opportunity to educate others on the fragility of civil liberties in times of crisis, and the importance of remaining vigilant in protecting the rights and freedoms of all.

For information on 2019 Day of Remembrance events held throughout the country, please click on your region below.

Bay Area | Northern California | Central California | Southern California | Pacific NorthwestIntermountain | Midwest | East Coast



Bay Area:

39th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance  

When: Sunday, February 17, 2019, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 N Fifth St., San Jose, CA


DOR Radio Discussion and Community Art Project

When: Sunday, February 17, 1-3pm

Where: Japanese American Museum of San Jose, 535 N Fifth St., San Jose, CA

RSVP required: (408) 294-3138 or


Screening of Claudia Katayanagi’s A Bitter Legacy

When: Saturday, February 16, 2019, 2pm

Where: Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center, 1414 Harbor Way South Ste. 300, Richmond, CA


Bay Area Day of Remembrance 2019: Sunday, February 17

Screening of Bridging Borders: 2-4pm at AMC Kabuki 8 Theatre, Japantown, San Francisco

Reception: 4-6pm

Where: Japanese Community & Cultural Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco

For more information: (415) 921-5007 or


Day of Remembrance Film & Performance: “Hidden Legacy” with Shirley Muramoto

When: Sunday, February 24, 3-5pm

Where: The Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St., Oakland, CA


“Why We Remember the Japanese American Incarceration”

When: Sunday, February 10, 11am-1pm

Where: Japanese Community Youth Council, 2012 Pine St., San Francisco


Films of Remembrance

When: Saturday, February 23, 11am-8pm

Where: New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., San Francisco, CA


UC Berkeley Day of Remembrance

When: Tuesday, February 19, 5-7:30pm

Where: Multicultural Community Center, 220 MLK Jr. Student Union, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA


Book talk with the authors and artist of the graphic novel 442

When: Saturday, February 9, 2-4pm 

Where: Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Pacific Renaissance Plaza, 388 Ninth St. Suite 290, Oakland, CA




Sonoma County Day of Remembrance: Resistance at Tule Lake

When: Saturday, February 23, 2-4pm

Where: 1200 Gravenstein Hwy South, Sebastopol, CA


Northern California Time of Remembrance

When: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 1-4pm

Where: California Museum, 1020 O St., Sacramento, CA


UC Davis Day of Remembrance

When: Wednesday, February 20, 7:30pm

Where: 119 Wellman Hall, 197 W Quad, Davis, CA


Marysville Chapter Day of Remembrance 2019

Friday, February 15: reception at 6pm

Saturday, February 16: video screenings 12-5pm

Sunday, February 17: video screenings 12-5pm

Where: Ettl Hall, Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County, 1333 Butte House Rd., Yuba City, CA


Central California:

Salinas Day of Remembrance

When: Sunday, February 24, 1pm

Where: Salinas Community Center, 940 N. Main St., Salinas, CA

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Livingston-Merced Day of Remembrance Banquet

When: Saturday, February 16 at 5pm

Where: Pavilion Building, Merced County Fairgrounds, 900 MLK Jr. Way, Merced, CA

For more information: (209) 631-1933 or


Southern California:

2019 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance

When: Saturday, February 16, 2-4pm

Where: Japanese American National Museum, 100 N Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA


UCSD Day of Remembrance

When: Wednesday, February 13, 6:30-9pm

Where: Multipurpose Room, Student Services Center, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA

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Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Day of Remembrance

When: Saturday, February 23, 1:30-4pm

Where: Japanese Cultural Institute Hall, 1964 W 162nd St., Gardena, CA


Pacific Northwest:

Olympia Chapter Day of Remembrance with State Senator Bob Hasegawa

When: Wednesday, February 20 at 10am

Where: South House Chambers, Washington State Capitol, Olympia, WA

For more information: (360) 556-7562 or


Portland Screening of For the Sake of the Children and Panel Discussion

When: Sunday, February 24 at 2pm

Where: Hoffmann Hall, Portland State University, 1833 SW 11th Ave., Portland, OR



Screening of And Then They Came for Us

When: Saturday, February 16, 11:30am

Where: Pleasant Valley Branch Library, 5568 Adams Parkway, Ogden, UT

RSVP: (801) 309-6655


Mile High JACL’s Day of Remembrance Weekend

Friday-Sunday, February 15-17, 10am-5pm: exhibit from the Japanese American National Museum “Contested Histories: Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection”

Saturday, February 16, 7pm: film screening of Children of the Camps and Seppuku

Sunday, February 17, 1-3pm: keynote speaker Dr. Satsuki Ina on the women of the Japanese American experience

Where: History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO


New Mexico JACL Day of Remembrance

When: Saturday, February 9, 10:30am-12pm

Where: Special Collections Library, 423 Central Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM



Never Again Is Now!: 2019 Japanese American Day of Remembrance

When: Sunday, February 17, 2-4pm

Where: Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St., Chicago, IL


Day of Remembrance: Losing and Reclaiming Home Film and a panel, led by a chapter member.

When: Saturday, February 23, 7-9pm

Where: East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106 


East Coast:

Memory, Faith and Music

When: Tuesday, February 19, 6:30-8pm

Where: The Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC


New York Day of Remembrance 2019

When: Saturday, February 23, 1-4pm

Where: Japanese American United Church, 255 7th Ave., New York, NY


Philly JACL Day of Remembrance

When: Saturday, February 23, 2-5pm

Where: City Council Caucus Room, City Hall, 15th Market, Philadelphia, PA


Film: Resistance at Tule Lake

When: Sunday, February 17, 2pm

Where: Morrison Theater, 100 Newbury Ct., Concord, MA

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The Collective Power of Rhythm: Rebuilding the Japanese American Identity

When: Tuesday, February 19, 6pm

Where: Harvard University, Askwith Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA

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Talk by Duncan Ryuken Williams, author of American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom during the Second World War

When: Friday, February 22, 4:15-6pm

Where: Harvard University, SO20 Belfer Case Study Room, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA


Film screening: The Ito Sisters

When: Friday, March 1, 5:30-8pm

Where: Tufts Alumnae Lounge, 40 Talbot Ave., Somerville, MA


















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JACL Calls for Nation to Stop Repeating History

February 19, 2019 For Immediate Release David Inoue, Executive, 202-223-1240 Sarah Baker, VP Public Washington, DC – On this 77th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, we do more than just remember the Presidential order that enabled the incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans.  We remember the…

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