The 20th Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk, an official event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The event will be held at the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II (Intersections of D St., New Jersey and Louisiana Aves., NW), rain or shine.
Check-in begins at 9:00AM. The Nen Daiko drummers of VA will perform at 9:30AM and the program will begin at 10:00AM. The theme this year is E Pluribus Unum – Out of Many, One. We will be commemorating the 30th Anniversary of passage of The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which provided redress for Japanese Americans interned during World War II and created a Civil Liberties Public Education Fund to educate the public on the internment so that similar injustices would never happen again. We will have a panel to talk about the relevance of the lessons learned by the Japanese American experience during World War II and the backlash against Asian and Pacific Islanders Americans after 9/11. Coming together as a community made us stronger then and remains just as important today as we continue to fight racial and religious injustices and advocate for civil liberties for all Americans. Ambassador Shinsuke Sugiyama and former Secretary Norman Mineta have been invited to speak as well as representatives from the sponsoring organizations; following the program will be a short, non-competitive walk to affirm our resolve to uphold the constitutional rights of all Americans.
The Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk is a historical and cultural event to raise awareness about the Japanese American experience during World War II and to highlight the vigilant role that American citizens must continue to play in preserving the Constitutional rights of all Americans. Built as a lasting tribute to the more than 33,000 Japanese American soldiers who served with great distinction in the U.S. Military, the Memorial also pays homage to the more than 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry unjustly relocated during World War II. It is also a testament to our nation’s greatness that it does not fear acknowledging its mistakes.
There is no charge to participate but donations are welcome. Click here to print out a donation form or donate here. Sponsors include the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, the Japanese American Veterans Association, the Washington DC Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, and the 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.