Manzanar to honor veterans

Manzanar Invites People to Share Photos of Veterans   (Press Release)

Join the rangers and staff at Manzanar National Historic Site in honoring Owens Valley veterans – first by sharing photos and stories of veterans in your family and then by attending a special event on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Manzanar National Historic Site. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. with presentation of colors by Vietnam veterans from the Bishop Paiute Tribe. A video tribute to veterans will follow, with photos submitted by Owens Valley residents. Photographer/author Tom Graves will discuss his upcoming book, Twice Heroes: America’s Nisei Veterans of World War II and Korea, kicking off a special exhibit of his photos and stories on Manzanar’s Gallery Wall. Afterward, join us for refreshments, conversation, and a ranger-guided tour of Block 14 barracks and mess hall.

To submit photos of veterans, send a digital copy by Nov. 1 to, giving permission to use the image and name. Include your name, address, and phone number, as well as the name of the veteran, military branch, and era of service.

Manzanar National Historic Site Interpretive Center is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from April 1 through October 31, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from November 1 through March 31. The center is located six miles south of Independence off U.S. Highway 395.  All exhibits are free and open to the public. To learn more about Manzanar, visit or call 760.878.2194, ext. 3310.  Manzanar is also on Facebook at


5 Responses to Manzanar to honor veterans

  1. Bob October 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Why would Manzanar honor veterans? It was gross what we did to these American citizens. Completely two different issues.. I absolutely love the tribute Manzanar represents to our Japanese community.

    • Benett Kessler October 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

      Maybe because they have large minds and hearts and want to extend that.
      Benett Kessler

    • Reality Check October 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

      Perhaps it is because so many of theJapanese that were interned with their parents, CHOSE to join the US Army to prove their loyality to the Uunted States. Many of them fought and died with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, one of the most decorated units of the war.

    • Wayne Deja October 15, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

      Have to agree with Bob on this one….If we’re to honor someone at Manzanar,it should be to the people and the families that were detained there.

    • Trouble October 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

      Bob- maybe they see our politicains takes turns on who to be prejudice against. Almost every one at some point in time. Here’s my list of examples: blacks, mexicans, italians, asians, catholics,irish,english,spanish, arabs, russians, cubans, jewish and many more. I included the english becuase that’s who our first war was against.


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