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National Day of Remembrance in the United States

Congressman Michael Honda (CA) introduced a House Resolution "H. Res. 56" to honor the efforts of organizations and individuals who recognize February 19th as a day of reflection of the treatment of Japanese, German and Italian Americans during World War II. Executive Order (E.O.) 9066 was signed on February 19, 1942, which allowed for the exclusion of individuals deemed 'alien enemy.'

Press Release. On March 4, 2004, the US House of Representatives voted 404-0 to pass H.Res. 56, Rep. Honda’s “Day of Remembrance” resolution supporting the goals of the Japanese American, German American, and Italian American communities in establishing February 19 as an annual day to increase awareness of the events surrounding the restriction, exclusion, and internment of people in these ethnic groups during World War II.

House Debate on H.Res. 56 From the Congressional Record (Pages H778 through H784)

GWA support of H.res. 56

Website on Internment recommended by the Congressional Research Service for the U.S. Congress.

Created: November 30, 2004
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