Sunday, August 13, 2017

Comforting Souls

The monument dominating the cemetery at Manzanar National Historic Site.  In 1942, the U.S. Army leased 6,200 acres at Manzanar to establish an internment camp to hold nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

The information on the site map states, "Catholic stone mason Ryozo Kado built this obelisk in 1943 with help from the residents of Block 9 and the Young Buddhist Association.  On the east face, Buddhist Reverend Shinjo Nagatomi inscribed kanji characters that mean "soul consoling tower."  People attended religious services here during the war.  Today the monument is a focal point of the annual pilgrimage, serving as a symbol of solace and hope."

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