You are invited to a Day of Remembrance Sat. March 2nd

San Mateo High School and the College of San Mateo Ethnic Studies and History Department invite you to join us on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM, at San Mateo High School’s Multipurpose Room for a “Day of Remembrance.” Please RSVP at:

The Day of Remembrance is an annual ceremony held around February 19th. This event is held to commemorate the signing of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 in 1942. E.O. 9066 authorized the U.S. military to mass incarcerate all persons of Japanese ancestry in to concentration camps.

Six SMHS seniors were not able to graduate with their classmates. However, members of the SMHS staff, band members (names unknown nor their numbers) and community members traveled to Tanforan and conducted a commencement service for their classmates.

We, Lewis Kawahara, Martha McKenna, Linda Barnes Hutton (Class of ’65), and others want to thank the 1942 school administrator and the band members for their acts of courage, kindness, civil rights, friendship, compassion, and bravery towards their class members. Most likely students from that time period have probably passed away, but we can give our thanks to their survivors.

As mentioned, we have been working on this project with help from SMHS and CSM Ethnic Studies and its History Department, and have set up a temporary account with SMHS to accept donations. Please send your donation to: San Mateo High School; 506 North Delaware; San Mateo, CA 94401. Write your check to “SMHS” and in the “memo” section (bottom left corner) write “Day of Remembrance.” 

Tanforan: From Race Track to Assembly Center from Bridge Media, Inc. on Vimeo.

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