4/27: 55th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, 2024 Manzanar At Dusk Scheduled for April 27: Bus Transportation Available from Downtown Los Angeles, Gardena

Banners representing all ten of the American concentration camps, along with the Crystal City Internment Camp and the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team are shown at the Manzanar cemetery during the 54th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 28, 2023, at the Manzanar National Historic Site. Photo by Mark Kirchner/Manzanar Committee.

LOS ANGELES — On February 9, the Manzanar Committee announced that the 55th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2024, at the Manzanar National Historic Site. The 2024 Manzanar At Dusk program will also be held following the 55th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage.

The Committee also announced that bus transportation to the Pilgrimage will be available from Downtown Los Angeles and Gardena.

Manzanar was the first of the ten American concentration camps in which more than 125,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents were unjustly incarcerated during World War II.

People from all walks of life attend the Manzanar Pilgrimage each year, including students, teachers, community members, clergy and former incarcerees. Planning is underway for this year’s program.

For the daytime Pilgrimage program, cultural performances will begin at 11:30 AM, while the main portion of the program begins at 12:00 PM.

The Committee has also announced that buses to the Pilgrimage from Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo and Gardena will be available.

The buses will also take participants to the Visitor Center at the Manzanar National Historic Site following the Pilgrimage afternoon program. The buses will return to Southern California that evening.

Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Complimentary fares are available for those who were incarcerated at any of the former American concentration camps or other confinement sites during World War II.

Anyone wishing to attend the Manzanar At Dusk program that evening should make other transportation arrangements.

To reserve seats on the Little Tokyo bus, call (323) 662-5102, or go to:
https://manzanarcommittee.org/55-bus.

For reservations and information on the Gardena bus, go to:
https://gvjci.wufoo.com/forms/zyjb5590o7z229

The 2024 Manzanar At Dusk program will follow the afternoon Pilgrimage program, at 5:00 PM PDT (location to be announced).

Now in its 26th year, Manzanar At Dusk is co-sponsored by the Nikkei Student Unions at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, California State University (CSU), Fullerton CSU Long Beach, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, San Diego.

Further details about the 55th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and the 2024 Manzanar At Dusk program will be announced at a later date.

Both the Manzanar Pilgrimage and the Manzanar At Dusk program are free and open to the public. For more information, call (323) 662-5102, or send e-mail to info@manzanarcommittee.org.

The Manzanar Committee, sponsor of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and Manzanar At Dusk program, the youth education project, Katari: Keeping Japanese American Stories Alive, and the Sue Kunitomi Student Awards Program, is dedicated to educating and raising public awareness about the incarceration and violation of civil rights of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II and to the continuing struggle of all peoples when Constitutional rights are in danger.

A non-profit organization that has sponsored the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1969, along with other educational programs, the Manzanar Committee has also played a key role in the establishment and continued development of the Manzanar National Historic Site.