Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, Bainbridge Island, Washington. • Photo by Joe Mabel
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, Bainbridge Island, Washington. • Photo by Joe Mabel

Inspired by the unique legacy of a community that welcomed their Japanese American friends and neighbors home after World War II, volunteers will gather on March 30 for “Service and Community” at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, offering landscaping maintenance and improvements to the National Historic Site, located at Pritchard Park, 4192 Eagle Harbor Drive, Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge Island commemorates the 73rd Anniversary of the first forced removal of Japanese Americans in World War II from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Also marking the 73rd Anniversary of the first Japanese Americans placed in concentration camps, at 11:00 a.m. work will pause for a brief, informal commemoration featuring a special presentation by U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer and the unveiling of a sculpture designed just for the memorial.

Everyone is welcome to drop by anytime and, if you wish, pitch in and help (please wear appropriate work clothing, gloves and bring your own gardening tools) and/or enjoy guided tours of the memorial site—some hosted by actual incarceration survivors.

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