As a young boy, Ken Kitajima remembers the day a presidential executive order was signed that would place him and other Japanese Americans in internment camps across the U.S. He recalls the barbed wire fences surrounding the camps and the guard towers with soldiers armed with rifles, machine guns and searchlights.
At 91, Kitajima has never forgotten what it was like to live in the Amache camp in Granada, Colorado, during World War II. Now, he feels honored to see the camp he and his family were forced to live in becoming a National Historic Site. "I have found that millions of U.S. citizens, young school children, and young adults and some old ones knew little or nothing about the true history of the shameful act," he told Newsweek in a statement.