National Japanese American Memorial

Your Guide
Liz Guthrie, ASLA

The National Japanese American Memorial for Patriotism in World War II is located at the intersection of Louisiana and New Jersey Avenues and D Street, NW. Completed in 2001 by David Buckley Architects and James Urban Landscape Architecture along with artist Nina A. Akamu, the memorial commemorates the loyalty and patriotism of Japanese American veterans in World War II and remembers Japanese Americans held unlawfully in internment camps. The nautilus-shaped memorial is designed to guide visitors through sensations of confinement and release, evoking the experience of Japanese Americans during the war.

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