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TITLE
National Memorial to Patriotism, Washington, DC
 
DESCRIPTION
National Memorial to Patriotism, Washington, DC

"Preserved for posterity on the panels are the names of more than 800 men who, in the that war, gave their lives in the service of their country. Cut into the stone are the names of the camps which during those war years imprisoned approximately 120,000 men, women and children -- two-thirds of whom were native-born Americans -- and their foreign-born parents whose only crime was their ethnicity.
Softly cascading water and a pool with five boulders reflect upon a history which has not been tranquil. The bronze centerpiece is a powerful metaphor that depicts two cranes struggling from barbed wire shackles toward the freedom of the skies."
National Japanese American Memorial Foundation
 
CONTEXT
Monument designer Davis Buckley designed the concept of the Memorial. The Memorial is located just north of the Capitol on a triangular plot bounded by Louisiana Avenue, New Jersey Avenue and D Street NW.

"Authorized by an Act of Congress in 1992, the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation (NJAMF) constructed the National Memorial to Patriotism honoring the courage and loyalty of Japanese Americans under extraordinary circumstances during World War II. By its approval, Congress and the President acknowledged the nation's error and recommitted itself to the historic ideals of justice and equality for all."
National Japanese American Memorial Foundation
 
CREDIT
Courtesy of David Miller
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
 
DATE
2001