California Gov. Jerry Brown today issued a proclamation declaring Monday a day of remembrance of the Japanese-American evacuation and incarceration during World War II, the governor's office said.
An estimated 110,000 to 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated in the camps. The actions were ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Roosevelt signed the order 76 years ago Monday, on Feb. 19, 1942.
"That thousands of Japanese-Americans were wrongfully interned in American concentration camps without charges and without a fair hearing continues to trouble the conscience of this nation," Brown wrote in the proclamation.
Brown praised Japanese-Americans for their loyalty to the United States "in spite of the terrible ordeal of internment," commending the young Japanese-Americans who enlisted and served in the U.S. military during World War II.