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War History in California
Manzanar National Historic Site, California5001 Highway 395
Independence, CA 93526
Phone: (760) 878-2194
Description: In 1942, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were incarcerated during World War II.
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, California4202 Alhambra Ave
Martinez , CA 94553
Phone: (925) 228-8860
Description: On the evening of July 17, 1944, residents in the San Francisco east bay area were jolted awake by a massive explosion that cracked windows and lit up the night sky. At Port Chicago Naval Magazine, 320 men were instantly killed when two ships being loaded with ammunition for the Pacific theater troops blew up. It was WWII's worst home front disaster.
Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, California1414 Harbour Way South
Richmond, CA 94804
Phone: (510) 232-5050
Description: Explore and honor the efforts and sacrifices of American civilians on the World War II home front. Find out how they lived, worked and got along. Many faces, many stories, many truths weave a complex tapestry of myths and realities from this time of opportunity and loss.
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Alaska, California, and HawaiiThe memorial is located on the southern end of the island of Oahu, Hawai'i, and can only be accessed by boat from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.
Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone: (808) 422-3399
Description: At World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, home of the USS Arizona Memorial, learn about one of the most pivotal moments in US history: the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II. The monument preserves and interprets the stories of the Pacific War, from the internment of Japanese Americans to the battles in the Aleutians.
The California State Military Museum
1119 Second Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 854-1900
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POW / MIA Recognition Day
When : Third Friday of September
POW/MIA Recognition Day is a day of remembrance and hope for the speedy and safe return of American Prisoners of War, and those still Missing in Action. It also seeks the return of the remains of fallen soldiers.
The first official commemoration of POW/MIAs was July 18, 1979. It was the result of resolutions passed in Congress. The first national ceremony was held on this date. Over the next several years, it was held in varying dates of the year. Finally, in 1986, The National League of Families proposed the third Friday in September as a day to recognize and remember POW/MIAs. This date was selected, as it is not associated with any wars. Each year, the president of the United States issues a proclamation on this day.
Did you know? Federal law requires the POW/MIA flag to be flown on the following days:
Armed Forces Day, May 16
Memorial Day, May 25
Flag Day, June 14
Independence Day, July 4
POW/MIA Day, 3rd Friday of September
Veterans Day, Nov. 11
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