Puyallup Valley Chapter of the
Japanese American Citizens League
In 2024, we are looking forward to welcoming you to the grand opening of the Remembrance Gallery inside the Washington State Fairgrounds. The gallery will share the authentic, truthful, yet in a respectful manner, story of the wartime experiences of our Japanese American communities.
Using our own voices, the gallery will acknowledge and honor the over 7,600 individuals who were imprisoned in the Puyallup Assembly Center. “Monument” will list names and assigned numbers by family in alphabetical order.
Through the use of technology, PAC will be used as an example of other assembly centers, detention sites, and permanent camps. The military style of housing and the degrading aspects of communal life will be illustrated and experienced through the replica of a horse stall.
Various applications in “Throughline” will describe the Japanese American communities before, during, and after the war. The civil, human, and constitutional injustices suffered by members of our collective group will give opportunities to compare those injustices with groups currently being discriminated against. These connections will hopefully prevent future wrongs.
As we reflect, we are reminded of the saying, “Okage Sama De!” As we look forward, we are excited to invite you to the very unique Remembrance Gallery.
Eileen Yamada Lamphere, President