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February 19th recognized as Day of Remembrance for U.S. Japanese internment

Congressman Don Young reacted to the 79th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which began the...
Congressman Don Young reacted to the 79th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which began the U.S. internment of Japanese Nationals and American citizens of Japanese descent during World War II.(Alex Bengel/KTVF)
Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 4:17 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Friday, February 19th marks the 79th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which began the U.S. internment of Japanese Nationals and American citizens of Japanese descent during World War II.

Alaska’s U.S. Representative Don Young recognized the Day of Remembrance on social media, writing, “The forced internment of our fellow citizens through Executive Order 9066 is one of the darkest chapters in American history. The fact that it occurred during my lifetime highlights just how fresh a wound this is for Japanese Americans across our country.”

As a result of the order, issued by President Franklin Roosevelt, nearly 120,000 people were incarcerated, 75,000 of which were American citizens, according to the National Museum of American History.

Young went on to write, “It is my great hope that we take lessons from this terrible era to heart, and honor the families who were devastated in the very country they called home.”

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