California: Governor Newsom Proclaims A Day of Remembrance: Japanese American Evacuation 2024
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SACRAMENTO ~ Sacramento - On February 19, 2024, Governor Gavin Newsom declared the day as "A Day of Remembrance: Japanese American Evacuation" through a proclamation. This proclamation was issued to honor and remember the thousands of Japanese Americans who were forcibly evacuated and incarcerated during World War II.

The proclamation, which was signed by Governor Newsom on February 15, 2024, highlighted the events that led to the forced evacuation and internment of Japanese Americans. It mentioned Executive Order 9066, which was issued on February 19, 1942, and authorized the removal of thousands of loyal United States citizens from their homes on the West Coast due to their Japanese ancestry.

For over two and a half years, these individuals were uprooted from their lives and forced into internment camps in unfamiliar lands without a trial or due process. They endured harsh conditions and treatment by military guards during this time.

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Despite these experiences, many young Japanese American men enlisted in the U.S. armed forces and fought bravely to defend their country. The governor acknowledged their sacrifice and resilience in his proclamation. He also recognized the strength of Japanese American families who were able to rebuild their lives after the war.

Governor Newsom emphasized that the internment of Japanese Americans was a decision motivated by discrimination and xenophobia. He called it a betrayal of America's most sacred values and urged Californians to never repeat such actions. He also urged everyone to stand up for their fellow Americans regardless of their national origin or immigration status.

The governor asked all Californians to join him in solemn remembrance of Executive Order 9066's issuance on this day in 1942. He also requested them to commemorate its rescission by President Gerald R. Ford on February 19, 1976.

In conclusion, Governor Newsom officially declared February 19, 2024 as "A Day of Remembrance: Japanese American Evacuation" in the state of California. He urged everyone to remember this dark chapter in American history and to continue standing up for civil rights and liberties for all. The proclamation was signed by Governor Newsom and attested by Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D.

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