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Sacramento Billboards Mark the 80th Anniversary of “Day of Remembrance”

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Last week, billboards around Sacramento Country were adorned with barbed wire and a date: Feb. 19, 1942, the day President Roosevelt authorized the internment of 120,000+ Japanese Americans during World War II.

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The Marquee Media billboards also list the names of the 10 internment camps that were open between 1942 and 1945. At the age of four, Bob Matsumoto – the designer of the “Day of Remembrance” billboards – was among those forced to live in a prison camp.

The billboards serve as an important reminder of a dark time in American history. “This happened 80 years ago, but does the public really know about the experience?” Matsumoto told The Sacramento Bee.

 

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