D St. NW and New Jersey Ave. NW
GPS coordinates: 38.89452,-77.01049
Take a photo of your rally flag and motorcycle with the above image.*
Making a new page in our country's history, this memorial commemorates Japanese-American war involvement, veterans and patriotism during World War II, as well as those held in Japanese American internment camps.
The memorial consists of two Japanese cranes caught in barbed wire with a semi-circular wall curving around its base. Inscribed on the wall are the names of WWII battles that Japanese-Americans fought in, as well as the names of the ten internment camps where over 100,000 Japanese-Americans were placed. Two panels are inscribed with the names of Japanese-Americans who died fighting for the United States in World War II even while their brethren were being held in “loyalty camps.”
Although the sculptor’s own grandfather was amongst those imprisoned in a relocation camp where he died, according to the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, the memorial:
“…reminds us of the battles we've fought to overcome our ignorance and prejudice and the meaning of an integrated culture, once pained and torn, now healed and unified.”
Also in the area: Four miles to the east you’ll find the original Japanese Cherry trees given by Japan in honor of our countries’ relationship in 1911, still standing and testament to its durability.
*If motorcycle, rally flag and above image can't be in the same photo, submit two photos: one with rally flag and above image, and another with rally flag and motorcycle nearby. If the site is CLOSED or inaccessible, submit a photo with rally flag and motorcycle nearby, along with an explanation.
Tour of Honor, Mid-Atlantic Region is sponsored by Jim Hatch.