From June 25-28, about 200 of us visited the WRA Minidoka Relocation Center. There's not much left of the 33,000-acre American concentration camp in the sage brush of south central Idaho.
In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 forced approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans on the U.S. West Coast to leave their homes, businesses and friends and spend years behind barbed wire in harsh conditions.
The reason for the imprisonment was because these Americans looked like the enemy.
Not a single person who went to camp was charged with or convicted of espionage. It was a time for reflection and remembrance.