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January 2018


Exhibition visitors share experiences

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Visitors to "Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American WWII Experience" can share personal moments of courage.

The exhibition debuted on July 13, 2017, in Salem, Oregon, in partnership with the Willamette Heritage Center. Visitors from all walks of life visited the exhibition. As part of the exhibit, visitors were encouraged to write on "courage tags" about a time when either someone they know or they themselves demonstrated courage.

Here are some exemplary examples from Oregon:

  • "When my ancestor, Miles Standish, braved the vast Atlantic Ocean and started life over with the pilgrims. He walked in the unknown." - 9/19/2017
  • "My father served in the military for 24 years. Two tours in Afghanistan, one in Iraq, one in South Korea and one in Germany. He left his family to protect our nation and put his life on the line to defend others." - Melody W.
  • "When my relatives, five generations ago, left their homes in Okinawa and Japan to move to Hawaii. For all the generations after who stayed. Because of their courage, I am here today. Okagesama de. I am who I am because of you." -K.H. 9/2/17
  • "My parents were the most courageous people I know. They raised 12 children, and although times were hard, and food was scarce, they never lost faith, and they taught us to never lose faith, bu to use all our talents to help others. That took courage."

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