Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 116 Part 4.djvu/596

From Wikisource
Jump to navigation Jump to search
This page needs to be proofread.

116 STAT. 3024 PUBLIC LAW 107-363—DEC. 19, 2002 Public Law 107-363 107th Congress An Act To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of the site commonly known as Eagledale Ferry Dock at Taylor Avenue in the State of Washington [H.R. 3747] for potential inclusion in the National Park System. Dec. 19, 2002 Bainbridge Island Japanese- American Memorial Study Act of 2002. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; FINDINGS. (a) SHORT TITLE.—T his Act may be cited as the "Bainbridge Island Japanese-American Memorial Study Act of 2002". (b) FINDINGS. —The Congress finds the following: (1) During Worid War II on February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, setting in motion the forced exile of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans. (2) In Washington State, 12,892 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry experienced three years of incarceration, an incarceration violating the most basic freedoms of American CltiZ6IlS (3) On March 30, 1942, 227 Bainbridge Island residents were the first Japanese Americans in United States history to be forcibly removed from their homes by the U.S. Army and sent to internment camps. They bosirded the ferry Kehloken from the former Eagledale Ferry Dock, located at the end of Taylor Avenue, in the city of Bainbridge Island, Washington State. (4) The city of Bainbridge Island has adopted a resolution stating that this site should be a National MemorieQ, and similar resolutions have been introduced in the Washington State Legislature. (5) Both the Minidoka National Monument and Manzanar National Historic Site can clearly tell the story of a time in our Nation's history when constitutional rights were ignored. These camps by design were placed in very remote places and are not easily accessible. Bainbridge Island is a short ferry ride from Seattle and the site would be within easy reach of many more people. (6) This is a unique opportunity to create a site that will honor those who suffered, cherish the finends and community who stood beside them and welcomed them home, and inspire all to stand firm in the event our nation agsdn succumbs to similar fears. (7) The site should be recognized by the National Park Service based on its high degree of nation£d significance, association with significant events, and integrity of its location