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Hundreds of people gathered for the 40th Anniversary San Jose Day of Remembrance event, commemorating the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin in San Jose on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020.
The order, signed on February 19, 1942, led to the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent during World War II.
The "No Camps, No Cages" themed event started with a candlelight procession through historic San Jose Japantown. The event, held to remember the civil liberties tragedy and to reflect on the rising tensions that are building within communities today, featured speakers Norman Y. Mineta, Dr. Amy Iwasaki Mass and Fahad Alam, president of the South Bay Islamic Association. Swingposium, San Jose Taiko, the Wesley Jazz Ensemble and The Interfaith Choir also performed during the event.