we came across this memorial by accident, near central LA
clearly this was important - but I had no knowledge of this group
* GO FOR BROKE *
AN AMERICAN STORY
Rising to the defence
of their country,
by the thousands they came
Japanese American soldiers
from Hawai'i, the States,
America's concentration camps
to fight in Europe
and the Pacific
during World War II.
Looked upon with suspicion,
and deprived of
their constitutional rights,
with indomitable spirit
and uncommon valour.
For their's 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.
this reminded me of the Vietnam War Memorial, but is far less well known
we headed for the Japanese American Museum nearby, to learn more
the memorial is strangely sited - in a car park!
at least it has some good company
several projects in this area which are painfully relevant
as, yet again, Americans ask what it means to be American