Friday, October 05, 2007

Public comments solicited on preservation of Japanese interment camps

[Source: National Park Service] -- The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comments to help develop the criteria that will guide a multi-million dollar federal program to conserve WWII-era Japanese American confinement sites, located primarily in western and southwestern states. The grant program will provide financial assistance for the preservation and interpretation of confinement sites where the forced relocation of more than 110,000 men, women and children-most of whom were American citizens of Japanese ancestry-occurred in 1942.

"The stories and struggles around national security and the protection of civil liberties associated with these confinement sites continue to resonate today," said Mary A. Bomar, Director of the National Park Service. "This is a great opportunity for people across the country to provide their thoughts about this new program and what criteria should be used to evaluate future grant proposals." [Note: To read the full article, click here.]