Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial — Partners
The memorial project has earned strong support not only from the residents of Bainbridge Island, but also from regional, state and federal governments. Working in partnership with the City of Bainbridge Island, the BI Parks and Recreation Department and the BI Historical Society, the memorial committee won unanimous support for a national memorial designation from Kitsap County, the Washington State Legislature and the US House of Representatives.
Sponsored by US Rep. Jay Inslee (D—Bainbridge Island), the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Monument Act became law on May 8, 2008 when President George W. Bush signed the bill that made the memorial a national historic site, becoming a part of National Park Service as a satellite unit of the Minidoka (Idaho) National Historic Site.
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Posting Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1 — When army soldiers arrived via ferry to post notices of Exclusion Order Number One, several Nisei or second generation men arrived to help show the soldiers where the posters should be placed so they would be most visible. Left to right: Unknown soldier, possible young Issei, Takashi Sakuma, Robert Koba, George Chihara. Bainbridge Island, WA
March 24, 1942. Copyright: Library of Congress