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“Nice quiet place to see if your on the island”

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial
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Owner description: A unique National Historic Site inspired to represent the waves of time passing, the sinuous, curving Memorial Wall is built on the historic Eagledale Ferry dock landing site where the first of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans - two/thirds of them U.S. citizens - were banished from their West Coast homes and placed in concentration camps during World War II.On March 30, 1942 - with only six days notice and only allowed to bring what they could carry or wear - 227 Bainbridge Island men, women and children were forcibly removed by bayonet-armed U.S. Army soldiers. They were the first mass community to arrive at the Manzanar concentration camp in California and later most were assigned to the last barracks at the Minidoka concentration camp in Idaho, becoming the emblematic bookends of the Japanese American incarceration story.The 276-foot long contemplative Memorial Wall of old-growth red cedar, granite and basalt honors the names of all 276 Japanese Americans at the start of WWII who were exiled from Bainbridge Island by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 and Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1. It also honors the unique legacy of a community that stood by their friends and neighbors and welcomed them home. Five large terra cotta friezes along the Memorial wall movingly illustrate this American story of perseverance, patriotism and courage.Guided tours - some with living survivors of the forced removal - are available with a minimum of three weeks notice. Please indicate the size of your group, date, time and expected duration of your visit. As a fully volunteer organization, we will do our best to accommodate requests. The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association (BIJAEMA) is a private non-profit organization that designed and supports the maintenance and operation of the memorial. The memorial is a satellite unit of the Minidoka National Historic Site located at the west end of Pritchard Park co-owned by the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District and the City of Bainbridge Island. These organizations, along with the Bainbridge island Historical Museum, cooperate in partnership with the BIJAEMA in the management of the site.
Coquitlam, Canada
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35 reviews
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“Nice quiet place to see if your on the island”
Reviewed July 14, 2014

The place is quiet and by the shore.
Walk is easy.
Read about the removal of Japanese citizens during the Second World War.
Enjoyed very much.

Visited July 2014
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ClarenceMoriwaki, Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this review, July 15, 2014
Thank you for your nice review of your recent visit to the memorial site. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit!
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San Diego, California
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“Very Beautiful”
Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

So much love has clearly gone into creating this tribute and the entire design is so beautifully done, from landscaping, to the architecture, to the artwork. The subject of Japanese American internment is always very painful, but this also recognizes those in the community who objected to the injustice of their friends and neighbors being taken away without the benefit of due process, much less acknowledgement of their other rights as citizens.

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ClarenceMoriwaki, Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
Thank you for your gracious review of the memorial, we are touched that you found your visit so personally moving, and pleased that you are carrying forward our hopeful message.
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Lahaina, Hawaii
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“Very Touching Memorial”
Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is a very impressive and beautiful memorial that really touches the heart. It is out of the Winslow area located across Eagle Harbor. It is not well signposted until you get to Pritchard Park. It is a striking testament that this violation of the Constitution should never happen again.

Visited July 2014
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ClarenceMoriwaki, Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
We're glad that you enjoyed your recent visit to the memorial. Thank you for your nice review and for sharing what the site meant to you.
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Medford, Oregon
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“Elegantly portrayed”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

It's the exact place where citizens were taken away from their homes & businesses. It's beautifully architected to allow one to contemplate what happened but also feel the serenity of the place.

Visited September 2013
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ClarenceMoriwaki, Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the memorial site, and we thank you for your very positive review! Please revisit us again soon!
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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“Worth the time”
Reviewed June 24, 2014

Don't expect a lot of buildings and structures. What they have here is perfect for reflection and remembrance of a time in our history for which we should be embarassed (but one that is easy to imagine given the reaction many people had to the 9-11 attack). Having the paper cranes along the remembrance memorial was nice. Suggest going here 1st thing before going to Bloedel Reserve (which doesn't open until 10)..

Visited June 2014
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ClarenceMoriwaki, Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the memorial, and I'm personally pleased that you made a connection to contemporary times, since often we sadly forget our constitutional liberties in times of fear and war hysteria, casting broad and unfair stereotypes and prejudice toward the enemy of the moment. Nidoto Nai Yoni - Let it not happen again.
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