Day of Remembrance

Each year, Day of Remembrance reflects on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. In numerous U.S. states, events are held on or near February 19, the day in 1942 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the imprisonment of Americans of Japanese ancestry.  

For Day of Remembrance 2023, the National Museum of American History will host composer, dancer, singer, and activist Nobuko Miyamoto and her ensemble for a concert and post-performance dialogue and performance of her Smithsonian Folkways album 120,000 Stories and her memoir, Not Yo’ Butterfly.

The event will pay tribute to two Japanese American leaders who played key roles in advancing Asian American history at the Smithsonian: the Honorable Norman Mineta (November 12, 1931–May 3, 2022), chair of the 1998 Smithsonian Asian Pacific American National Advisory Group and Dr. Franklin Odo (May 6, 1939–September 28, 2022), founding director of the Asian Pacific American Center. 

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