This national monument commemorates the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
A very quiet, somber memorial. There isn't a visitor center located here, so don't expect flushing toilets or a Ranger to point you in a certain direction. I came here on a day trip with my son (in a backpack) and spent a few hours walking around reading all the signage I could. The monument is set aside to remember the injustice of the Japanese-Americans locked up during WWII hysteria, but it also tells the story of the land after the war.
This struck me as a relatively "young" NPS site, so there will be more to come, hopefully. The three things that struck me the most were: the replica guard tower, the Victory Garden that had all the names of the men who volunteered from the camp to go fight for a government that wouldn't give them the liberties they deserved, and the faint outline of the baseball diamond: something that is so ingrained in Americans that even when the prisoners were accused of being unpatriotic or a threat, they were still American to the core.
If we didn’t know what we were looking for we would have driven right by it. It is very cool to see what is left of everything. It’s a nice little walk along a small gravel path and you have read the informational posts along the way. They do have a tiny museum you can walk in and look around. There is public bathrooms now. It’s worth checking out and remembering the past.
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