Several friends had told me not to miss, Manzanar, which was the “Relocation Camp” or Internment Camp for the Japanese during World War II.
It is located just north of Lone Pine, California. I think that the extent of what I was taught about this subject in high school was that the Japanese in the US were rounded up during World War II. End of subject. I had no clue of what that really meant.
I had no idea that we rounded up folks of Japanese descent from age 90 to just a few months of age, took them away from their homes and kept them in camps with guard with guards. I was both shocked and disheartened at all that I learned at this National Historic Site. Manzanar is just one of several of the ‘relocation’ camps in the US. The informational movie and the museum are very well done. I was happy to see a couple of school groups there, learning things I had not at their age. I like the slogan there “Lest we forget..” I highly recommend checking out the museum at this site if you are in this area.