Manzanar Cemetery

Monday, July 20, 2009

I started a road trip today to the Pacific Northwest. My friend Joanne joined me and we decided to make it an adventure and see things we've never seen before. We decided to drive up Hwy 395 and see what there is. Just north of Lone Pine is the Manzanar National Historical Site. Run by the National Park Service, this former internment camp for Americans of Japanese descent is an awesome and emotional site. 10,000 Japanese were kept here for several years until the war ended. The conditions were brutal, cold winters and hot summers in thin walled barracks were not pleasant. This is what remains of the cemetery. Mt. Whitney is in the background on the left. A definite memorial to how cruel we can be to our fellow citizens.

"Manzanar Cemetery" © Kathy Dunham 2009