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 2021 Day of Remembrance events held throughout the country, please click on your region below.

Bay Area | Northern California | Central California | Southern California | Pacific NorthwestPacific Southwest | Intermountain | Midwest | East Coast

Bay Area:

41st Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance – Confronting Race in America: Unifying Our Communities

When: Sunday, February 14 at 3pm PST

RSVP: Here!


Bay Area DOR: Abolition! Reparations! Carrying the Light for Justice

When: Friday, February 19 at 6pm PST

RSVP: Here!


University of San Francisco (online) – Day of Remembrance Keynote Speech – The Irei Names Monument: A Memorial to Persons of Japanese Ancestry Incarcerated in the U.S. during WWI

When: Wednesday, February 24, at 10:30am PST 

Where: Learn More Here!


Northern California:

UC Berkeley NSU Day of Remembrance

When: Friday, February 19 at 6:30pm PST

Watch Live: Here!


Stockton JACL -Shadows from the Past: Sansei Artists & the American Concentration Camps

When: Thursday, January 21 at 5pm PST

RSVP: Here!


Northern California Time of Remembrance – Uncomfortable Conversations:
Racism, Equity, and Belonging

When: Saturday, February 13 at 1pm PST

RSVP: Here!


Paula Fujiwara – Talk for Renaissance Society DOR

When: Friday, February 19, at 7pm PST

RSVP: Here!


Yuba Sutter Arts Day of Remembrance 

When: Friday, February 19th at 6pm PST

Where: Watch Here!


Hayward Honors the Day of Remembrance

When: Saturday, February 27th at 4pm PST
RSVP: Here!


Then They Came for Us Q&A ft. George Takei

When: Friday, February 19th at 4pm PT

RSVP: Here!


Central California:


Southern California:

LA DOR – “Uniting with Other Communities to Keep Democracy Alive”

When: Saturday, February 13, 2pm PST

Watch Live Here!


What Does it Mean to be an American? Teacher Training and DOR

When: Saturday, February 20th at 10am PST

RSVP: Here! 


Gardena Valley JCI DOR Collections 

When: Monday, February 22nd-27th

Where: Learn More Here!


Pacific Northwest:


University of Puget Sound Presents: Japanese American Day of Remembrance with Lisa Hoffman and Mary Hanneman

When: Wednesday, February 17th at 6pm PST

RSVP: Here! 


Densho Week of Remembrance 

When: Sunday, February 14 – 21

Learn More: Here!


Alaska JACL and Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: Fellowship Sunday Forum DOR Special 

When: Sunday, February 14th, at 9am AKST

RSVP: Here!


Wing Luke Museum DOR INS Building Tour

When: Saturday, February 20th at 11am PST

RSVP: Here!


Wing Luke Museum – We Hereby Refuse Book Celebration

When: Saturday, February 20th at 2pm PST

RSVP: Here!


Wing Luke Museum – We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration Teaching History Through Graphic Novels

When: Saturday, February 27th at 8AM PST

RSVP: Here!


Pacific Southwest:

New Mexico JACL Day of Remembrance

When: Sunday, February 14 at 3pm MST

Where: RSVP will be posted later!


Duncan Ryuken Williams – A Remembrance of Names: A Buddhist Monument to the WWII Japanese American Incarceration with UofA Buddhist Studies Program

When: Friday, February 19, at 3pm MST

Where: RSVP Here! 



“Setsuko’s Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of the Japanese American Incarceration,” a conversation with Shirley Ann Higuchi, JD and Rob Citino, PhD

When: Friday, February 19 at 12pm EST

Where: RSVP here!


Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation DOR

When: Thursday, February 18 at 7pm EST

Where: Watch Live Here!


Mile High JACL DOR 

When: Saturday, February 20 at 2pm MST

Where: Watch Live Here!


Boise Valley JACL DOR 

When: Monday, February 15th at TBA

Where: Watch Here!



Chicago Day of Remembrance – Righting Historical Wrongs: Connecting Black Reparations and Japanese American Redress

When: Sunday, February 21 at 2pm CST



Twin Cities JACL/CAIR Day of Remembrance

When: Sunday, February 21 at 4pm CST



National Museum of the Pacific War – Day of Remembrance of Executive Order 9066
When: Friday, February 19 at 11am PST
RSVP: Here!


JACL Chicago Next Gen Nikkei DOR: Making Art with Japanese American Archives 

When: Sunday, February 21 at 1pm EST

RSVP: Here! 


East Coast:

New England JACL 

When: Saturday, February 27th at 3:30pm EST

Learn More Here!


Virginia Tech: Black History Month & Day of Remembrance: Commemorating Japanese American Internment

When: Sunday, February 9 at 7pm EST

RSVP: Here


Smithsonian Institute & JACL National Day of Remembrance – FACEism: A panel discussion of history and accountability

When: Friday, February 19th at 6pm EST

Watch Online: Here!

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