Photo of young boy behind barbed wire for 2022 Day of Remembrance events

National Day of Remembrance: 80 Years of Reckoning

Eighty years ago, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 that put into motion the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent during World War II due to “race prejudice, war hysteria, and the failure of political leadership.” 

On February 18-20, please join the Friends of Minidoka, Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, Japanese American National Museum, Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), National Park Service, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance focusing on 80 years of reckoning. This virtual series of events will feature an online opening program and six live streaming panel discussions involving 30 dynamic leaders from around the country. It is sure to spark positive dialogue, creative partnerships, and cross-community engagement in our shared future.

Read President Biden’s Proclamation on Day of Remembrance:

Learn more about the importance of this anniversary in the context of life today: