Seattle memorial wall honors Japanese-American soldiers


by KING 5 News and Associated Press

Posted on September 5, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 6 at 12:25 PM

SEATTLE - Three thousand bricks now make up a memorial wall in Seattle's Chinatown International District to honor Japanese-American soldiers.

Names are carved in black granite bricks that are stacked to create a wall 12 feet high and nearly 100 feet long.

On Sunday afternoon a large crowd gathered as the NVC Foundation formally dedicated the wall with a special ceremony.

The wall is divided into two parts, with sections for internees and veterans, including those who fought in American conflicts after World War II. In some instances, names appear on bricks in both sections.

Roughly $1 million was raised over the past 15 months through the sale of memorial bricks. U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, secured $200,000 more for the project through a federal earmark.

One mother brought her sons to see their grandfather's brick.

"We're just so proud they could see their grandfather's heritage here, on the wall, celebrating his life," said Cindy Ebisu.

The NVC Foundation hopes to add another 1,000 bricks in the coming year.

Each brick costs $260.

The memorial is located at 1212 South King Street in Seattle.