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The 32nd annual pilgrimage to the Manzanar National Historic Site, held on April 4th, at the site of the former World War ll U.S. concentration camp for American residents of Japanese ancestry, saluted Topax (Utah) and Gila River (Arizona), two of the 10 War Relocation Authority camps.

Manzanar was the first of the WRA internment camps operated by the
United States government, confining more than 10,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in each of the 10 camps during World War Two. Congress established Manzanar as a National Historic Site in March 1992. It is under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, Department of the interior. Pilgrimages to Manzanar have been held since 1969.

The Interfaith Committee conducted the annual memorial services, and three groups of taiko players participated in this year’s program. The acclaimed Kinnara Taiko of Senshin Buddhist Temple was joined by the Tenrikyo Mission and Centenary United Methodist Church groups, totaling 47 drummers.