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Empty Chair Memorial Dedication

I was able to attend the dedication of this memorial in July, 2014. I was deeply touched by how... read more

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The Empty Chair

I saw a video documentary about the US Government unjustly removing American Citizens from their... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2019
Alan L
Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was able to attend the dedication of this memorial in July, 2014. I was deeply touched by how the community came forward after all these years that have passed, to create this memorial out of respect for valedictorian John Tanaka's absence at his high...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 11 January 2019

I saw a video documentary about the US Government unjustly removing American Citizens from their homes and businesses in Juneau Alaska, because they or their parents had come from Japan. It was heart wrenching to see actual footage of this thoughtless act of betrayal of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Alan L
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Wow! This is a very poignant and touching memorial. The statement for it is: Honoring Juneau's Japanese community unjustly incarcerated during WWII - 1941-1945. After the attack on Pearl harbor, people of Japanese ancestry were removed from their homes and sent to live in interment...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 17 August 2018

We came across this simple yet profound memorial that made you think about those Japanese Americans interred as a consequence of WW2. In my humble opinion one of the better memorials as the simplicity itself evokes a need to find out more. Easily found from...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Steve T
Reviewed 6 August 2018

This powerful memorial sits to remind those of the Japanese-Americans put in camps during WWII in 1941. The chair represents the Japanese-Americans who did not participate in their high school graduation—including the valedictorian—because they were interred. Near the St. Nicolas Church.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

If you have time and are wondering around the streets of Juneau, take a moment to pay tribute to this memorial. It’s not very large and there is just the one plaque of commemoration, but it’s important to take time to remember history, the good...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank esdmadison
Reviewed 14 June 2018

A full 17 ¾ hours to explore Juneau, Oh what freedom from a Carnival of luxury, but what is there to do. The partial answer was a free transfer on an ‘antique’ bus, with an electro drive, and a poppity gas engine to take us...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank KentishPilgrim
Reviewed 25 September 2017

This memorial is a bit off the beaten path. We stumbled upon it while walking to a museum. We were pleasantly surprised, and thought it a fitting tribute

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

When a former colleague told me of this memorial I knew this was a MUST SEE when visiting Juneau. I taught about the Holocaust and Executive Order 9066 plus I grew up with friends who experienced one of the relocation camps. The 5 inclined streets...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Choc18Chip
Reviewed 27 July 2017

During the Second World War, when Juneau's residents of Japanese descent were taken to internment camps, their friends and acquaintances kept their homes and businesses safe and operational until they returned. The Empty Chair is set as a reminder of those times. During the graduation...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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