The U.S. state of Idaho has declared February 19 a Day of Remembrance to recall the internment of Japanese Americans during World War Two. Then-U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the executive order that led to the incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry on February 19, 1942 — about two months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.
About 120,000 Japanese Americans were sent as hostile aliens to incarceration camps set up around the United States. There was a large internment camp in Idaho during the war.
On Monday, Idaho Governor Brad Little and members of Japanese American groups attended an event held in the Idaho state capital of Boise. Little noted that about 10,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated at the camp in Idaho, and some 1,000 of them joined the U.S. military. He said that Japanese Americans continue to contribute to U.S. society, and declared February 19 a Day of Remembrance.
The move followed designations in some other states. President Joe Biden issued a statement on Friday, saying the U.S. will never again engage in such an un-American act.