FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a proclamation designating Sunday, Feb. 19, as Japanese-Americans Day of Remembrance in the State of Connecticut.
The recognition honors the victims of Japanese internment camps, which were created exactly 75 years ago this Sunday. It resulted in the forcible removal and incarceration of over 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry living in the western coast of the United States during World War II.
“On this day, 75 years after these internment camps were created, we should take time to reflect on the responsibilities and covenants of individuals, societies, and governments, and ensure that these kinds of failings that were once forced upon groups of people in our country are not repeated in the future,” Malloy said.
“This Day of Remembrance provides the citizens of Connecticut and our nation an opportunity to remember the victims of the Japanese-American internment camps and reflect upon our own humanity and the need to respect all peoples.”