Monday, April 27, 2015

Road to Manzanar...

Lone Pine, Calif.

Frequenting the Owens Valley along I395 between Los Angeles and Mammoth Lakes, Calif., one cannot miss the signs for the WWII era detention facility of Manzanar.  The historical photos of Manzanar by the likes of Ansel Adams and others have memorialized this controversial and unfortunate event and circumstance.  I had the opportunity to attend the Saturday events at Manzanar this past weekend and it was a very special day for several thousand people in attendance for this annual pilgrimage.  The following are the photos and videos that I took. We hope you enjoy them and have an opportunity at some point to visit this National Park.

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 Manzanar Pilgrimage 2015: Video #1

Once outside of the visitor center we nearly got blown away in the fierce winds... which you can hear as noise on the video above.  The noon ceremony was at the cemetery on the property and we had a mile hike ahead of us through scrub grass and desert fauna that once housed thousands of detainees during WWII.

Our destination after a one mile hike...

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 •  Manzanar Pilgrimage 2015:  Video #2

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A sample barracks housing unit nearby the Visitor center, below, that we visited on our way back from the hike...

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Leaving Manzanar: The Video

When you consider the elements, e.g., hot as heck in the summer, and freezing, cold and windy
in the winter... you have to marvel and respect the resilience of those confined there during WWII
who made the best of the circumstances they were dealt.  

Respectfully submitted,

Will Maguire

p.s.  for a short article on the "Trademarks of Manzanar", please see our next blog post.

(All photos and videos by & © Will Maguire 2015.)

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