Salt Lake City, UT

Japanese Americans To Hold A Memorial Day Service

S. F. Mori

At the Salt Lake City Cemetery
Monument at the Salt Lake City Cemetery(Image is author's)

An event to honor and remember Japanese American veterans will be held at the upper section of the Salt Lake Cemetery on Sunday, May 29, 2022. It will be at 8:30 AM and is open to any interested persons. All are invited with a special invitation to veterans and their families.

The service will be held at the monument which is dedicated to the Japanese American veterans from Utah who were lost during World War II. The location is 951 East 11th Avenue. It is west of the Salt Lake Memorial Mausoleum. This event is a joint effort of the Salt Lake, Mount Olympus, and Wasatch Front North Chapters of the Japanese American Citizens League, and the three Japanese American churches in the Salt Lake City area, Japanese Church of Christ, Salt Lake Buddhist Temple, and the Dai Ichi Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

After the beginning of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This allowed the military to remove persons from their homes. There were 120,000 persons of Japanese heritage who were taken from their homes on the West Coast and placed in ten American concentration camps. Even those who were American citizens were considered as enemies and were not allowed to serve in the U.S. military. Later they were asked to join or were drafted during World War II.

The people living in Utah were not placed in the camps because they lived inland, but they were asked to join the U.S. Army, which many young men did. Those from Utah who died during their service have their names on the monument at the Salt Lake Cemetery.

During that time of extreme prejudice and racism, people of Asian background were not allowed to be buried in the main part of the Salt Lake Cemetery. They were given a separate section.

The Japanese Americans who became part of the United States Army during World War II and served their country did so with honor and patriotism. They and all other veterans of the U.S. military are being honored for their service.

[Reference: The Japanese American Story as Told Through a Collection of Speeches and Articles,]

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