Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Today is a Day of Remembrance, the purpose of which is to commemorate the war-time internment of guys like my old friend, Ike. He was Akira Yonehara, file number 711037, an American citizen, born in Los Angeles who had never traveled to Japan. He spent most of the war years at the camp in Heart Mountain, Wyoming. When he'd talk about it at all, he always called it *camp* never Heart Mountain.
The Boy and I stopped at Manzinar for a few hours. This is the cemetery and the view is to the west with the Sierra Nevada range just a few miles away. I believe that Ike was detained at Manzinar briefly before he and his family were shipped off to Wyoming.
I loved Ike's stories of growing up in pre-war Los Angeles. I should have taken notes, but when I was 27 years old, I had a remarkable memory and I never thought I'd forget any of them. Now most have faded with time and that's a shame.
Manzinar Cemetery 08-11-14