Bush grants memorial park status


National Park status was granted on to the Bainbridge Island Japanese-American internment memorial today.

President Bush signed into law the Consolidated National Resources Act and its package of 60 public lands measures, including the memorial designation and Snohomish County’s Wild Sky wilderness preservation bill.

The memorial on Eagle Harbor’s south shore honors the 227 islanders of Japanese decent who were sent to internment camps during World War II. The Bainbridge group was the first of 110,000 Japanese-Americans from various states incarcerated during the war.

Rep. Jay Inslee, who pushed the bill through Congress, hopes national park designation will help the island’s Japanese-American community group put the finishing touches on a memorial he says will attract visitors from across the region.

“I’m proud of our community for fashioning this memorial and hope federal designation will help them raise funds necessary to bring it to completion,” the Bainbridge Democrat said.

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  1. This published letter is on the mark:


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    What’s this?
    Think about it: had the Bainbridge Island internment memorial been on the scale of Bremerton’s Bataan Death March memorial on Sylvan Way, the memorial could have been built 50 years ago.

    The fact is, the current internment memorial has a pricetag of $6 million. This high cost is predicated on a super generosity of taxpayer money from Kitsap County, Washington state, the City of Bainbridge Island and now the federal government.

    As a recent Seattle Times editorial said regarding World War II relocation, four presidents have apologized and large individual and collective taxpayer reparations were paid in 1988. In addition, there were payments made in 1948.

    With a declining economy, failing infrastructure and core missions running short of cash, public monies to private memorials must be turned off. Just figure out what 50 acres of prime waterfront given to this memorial cost.

    When is enough enough? I think we reached that point a long time ago on this memorial.

    James M. Olsen

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