‘Don’t Let History Repeat Itself’

Members of Girl Scout Troop 5325, along with youth from the Venice and West L.A. community and former World War II incarcerees, present 1,000 origami cranes to Mohammed Abdul Aleem of King Fahad Mosque in Culver City. Left: A performance by Nakama Daiko opens the program. Right: Community activist Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed was one of the keynote speakers.

By J.K. YAMAMOTO, Rafu Staff Writer

To mark the 16th anniversary of 9/11 as well as the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, a gathering titled “1,000 Cranes: Solidarity, Vigilance and Peace” was held at the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument on Sept. 10.

The event on the northwest corner of Venice and Lincoln was organized by the Venice-West Los Angeles JACL, Camp Musubi and the office of City Councilmember Mike Bonin to show solidarity between the Japanese American and Muslim American communities.

A performance by Nakama Daiko opened the program, with Tomomi Hongo introducing the performers, followed by a flag salute led by Girl Scout Troop 5325.

“It was on this very corner that 1,000 Japanese Americans had to assemble before being taken to Manzanar,” noted Venice-West L.A. JACL President John Saito Jr., president of Venice-West LA JACL. “ … Today, in light of executive orders and government policies repealing vital progr