Open House — 2011

Held on the 69th annual anniversary of the day that 227 Bainbridge Islanders of Japanese descent were forced to leave their homes, visitors to the memorial were able to walk in the footsteps of those who were exiled. Many visitors hung origami cranes in honor of the 276 Bainbridge Islanders this Memorial honors and whose names are now on the wall. On hand was artist Steve Gardner who will complete five terracotta friezes that illustrate this story of exclusion and return. The first frieze was up and sketches of the remaining four were displayed. Also attending were Dave Edquist, Steve Groves, and Megan Martin of the design firms of EDX and Turner who have been working on all interpretive materials for the Memorial. The BIJAEM Board, members of BIJAC, and many other community members took time to visit with each other, experience the nearly completed wall, and reflect upon the past and future.

Bainbridge Japanese–American Internment Memorial Takes Shape — Kitsap Sun article on the BIJAEM Open House. By Tristan Baurick. March 30, 2011.

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