Announcement: ‘Service and Community’ at Bainbridge Island on March 30

The International Examiner March 29, 2016 0
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, Bainbridge Island, Washington. • Photo by Joe Mabel

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, Bainbridge Island, Washington. • Photo by Joe Mabel

Bainbridge Island will commemorate the 74th Anniversary of the first forced removal of Japanese Americans during World War II. Inspired by the unique legacy of a community that welcomed their Japanese American friends and neighbors home after World War II, on March 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., volunteers will gather for “Service and Community” at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, offering landscaping maintenance and improvements to the National Historic Site, located at Pritchard Park, 4192 Eagle Harbor Drive, Bainbridge Island.

At 11:00 a.m., work will pause for a brief ceremony of commemoration and reflection, marking when the ferry Keloken arrived 74 years ago at the former Eagledale Ferry Dock, beginning the first forced removal of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Everyone is welcome to drop by anytime and, if you wish, pitch in and help (please wear appropriate work clothing, gloves and bring your own gardening tools) and/or enjoy guided tours of the memorial site, some hosted by actual incarceration survivors.  

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