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Train of Tears
May 13 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
A “Train of Tears” commemoration will recall and reflect with regret one of the most painful chapters in the history of the Hood River Valley — the forced internment of Japanese-Americans.
The event at Riverside Community Church, United Church of Christ, will memorialize the date 80 years ago when more than 400 Japanese-American women, men and children from the central Gorge were forced from their homes, loaded into railcars at the Hood River train station, and sent to internment camps.
During and after the war, Hood River was a flashpoint for anti-Japanese activities. Due to a concerted effort by community members, less than 50 of those who were forcibly removed felt safe enough to return.
The event on May 13 will feature special guests, music and speakers, including Episcopal Bishop Diana Akiyama, who spent her childhood in the valley. A procession to the train station and installation of a peace pole will follow the ceremony. The procession will include faith leaders from throughout the area, as well as those of Japanese ancestry.
- 11:30 a.m. – Reception & Exhibits: Exhibits from History Museum of Hood River County and refreshments.
- 12 p.m. – Program: Presentation with special guests, music, and speakers, including Episcopal Bishop Diana Akiyama who grew up in Hood River.
- 12:45 p.m. – Procession to Train Station: Procession will begin at Riverside Community Church, moving to the train station for the installation of a peace pole.
This event is free and open to all members of the community.
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