I love history, and consider myself an amateur historian of American History. So when I entered the Cody Wy visitors center to see what the area has to offer, my interest was sparked to learn of a nearby Japanese confinement memorial.
I was eager to tour the site located 12-miles northeast of Cody Wy and with the directions downloaded into the GPS, I was on the property before they opened.
I drove past the main building towards the walking tour memorial above the main building where I captured the photos below.
In the wake of the Japanese attack on Peral Harbor in 1941, 120,000 Japanese Americans were detained by the US Government in 10 Relocation Camps” around the country.
One camp was constructed in the shadow of Heart Mountain between Cody and Powell, Wyoming. The site is a National Historic Landmark.
I walked towards the American flag where names were displayed identify the 750 Japanese-American soldiers who served during WWII. Nearby another plaque honors the names of 15- service members who died during the war from the confinement location. This confinement camp unjustly incarcerated over 14,025 Japanese-Americans during World War II.
The actual museum is open to the public with an admission fee, $7.00 for adults $5.00 for students/seniors, anyone under 12 is free.
As I walked, I met three Japanese-American from California who are cousins touring the memorial. They had a recent death in the family and wanted to understand and know more about their parents and grandparents past who rarely spoke of the horrible events of being confined at the very camp they were touring
As we walked and talked of about American History, I listened to how their parents and grandparents were ordered, then forcibly removed from their homes, job, and communities during WWII. They were all American citizens, and they endured the humiliation of being considered a terrorist threat to their country just because of their race.
We talked about the horrors of hatred within America and the world and acknowledged hate will be defeated. However, we all agreed that Americans must recognize, understand, and admit our historical mistakes, but more importantly, learn from our mistakes, and apologize for our horrible past.