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National Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk



February 2017



The National Japanese American Memorial Foundation (NJAMF) invites you to participate in the 19th Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk.  The Freedom Walk will take place Saturday, April 1, 2017.


The Walk begins and ends at the National Japanese American Memorial located at the corner of Louisiana & New Jersey Avenues, NW in Washington, D.C.  Check-in starts at 9 AM and the Nen Daiko Japanese Taiko Drummers will perform at 9:30 AM.  The Freedom Walk is a wonderful opportunity to visit the Memorial, take part in an activity that commemorates “Our Story,” and remind us of our continuing responsibility to raise awareness for “Your Rights.” 


The theme of our 2017 Freedom Walk is “EO 9066 - 75 Years Later:  Echoing the Past.”  This year marks the 75th anniversary year of the signing of Executive Order 9066 authorizing the internment of thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry and resident aliens from Japan.  Our keynote speaker will be Ms. Peggy Nagae.  She was the lead attorney for Minoru Yasui’s coram nobis legal team in the 1980’s when they reopened his WWII case and had his original conviction overturned.


As part of our program, the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, former Secretary of the Commerce Department and the US Department of Transportation and the Japanese Ambassador, the Honorable Kenichiro Sasae have been asked to make brief remarks.  Representatives from the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, the Japanese American Veterans Association, DC Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League and the Ekoji Buddhist Temple will also say a few words.


The Freedom Walk is possible in part by sponsors of this year’s event:  National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, Japanese American Veterans Association, DC Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, and Ekoji Buddhist Temple.  The NJAMF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.