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Day of Remembrance

Now, therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States, and Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of War, and the Military Commanders whom he may from time to time designate, whenever he or any designated Commander deems such action necessary or desirable, to prescribe military areas in such places and of such extent as he or the appropriate Military Commander may determine, from which any or all persons may be excluded, and with respect to which, the right of any person to enter, remain in, or leave shall be subject to whatever restrictions the Secretary of War or the appropriate Military Commander may impose in his discretion. The Secretary of War is hereby authorized to provide for residents of any such area who are excluded therefrom, such transportation, food, shelter, and other accommodations as may be necessary, in the judgment of the Secretary of War or the said Military Commander, and until other arrangements are made, to accomplish the purpose of this order. The designation of military areas in any region or locality shall supersede designations of prohibited and restricted areas by the Attorney General under the Proclamations of December 7 and 8, 1941, and shall supersede the responsibility and authority of the Attorney General under the said Proclamations in respect of such prohibited and restricted areas. — Executive Order 9066, February 19, 1942.

I love my country, but every so often I come across something that I am ashamed of.  The internment of Americans who happened to be of Japanese, German, or Italian ancestry is one of those things that make me hang my head.  An American is an American, no matter where their ancestors came from or when they came here.

And remember kids, if it happened once, it can happen again.   Our liberties only survive only so long as we guard them and guarantee that they apply to all of us.

3 Comments

  1. True statement DB…

  2. Steve

     /  February 22, 2015

    It goes beyond that. FDR setup a camp that trade German & Italian Americans for Americans behind German & Italian lines.
    NPR
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