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  •  In Los Angeles, in Little Tokyo, there is a... (4+ / 0-) to the Japanese Americans who served, including those in the 442nd. It was approved in 1988, but it took until '99 before it was dedicated:

    This is inscribed on the face of the monument.
    Rising to the defense of their country, by the thousands they came – these young Japanese American soldiers from Hawaii, the states, America's concentration camps – to fight in Europe and the Pacific during World War II. Looked upon with suspicion, set apart and deprived of their constitutional rights, they nevertheless remained steadfast and served with indomitable spirit and uncommon valor, for theirs was a fight to prove loyalty. This legacy will serve as a sobering reminder that never again shall any group be denied liberty and the rights of citizenship. – Ben H. Tamashiro
    I only vaguely knew the story of the Japanese internment until I met my friend Kathy Kanda in the early '70s. Her parents had been removed from California to Camp Amache in Granada, Colo., during the war. They subsequently settled further north on the eastern plains of the state, truck-farmers for the rest of their lives.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Mon May 27, 2013 at 01:54:00 PM PDT

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