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Landmark Stolen From Japanese American Memorial

Bronze thieves snatched a landmark plaque that tells the story of Japanese Americans during World War II.

A piece of local history...stolen.

Bronze thieves snatched a landmark plaque that tells the story of Japanese
Americans during World War II.

It was stolen from the Pinedale Memorial Center in Fresno where thousands of
Japanese Americans where brought before being sent out to concentration
camps.

Lemor Abrams shows us its meaning to the community.

"They proved their loyalty... when the loyalty of Japanese Americans was
suspect," says Dale Ikeda.

It pains him to talk about, but Dale Ikeda takes pride in his roots.

"Over 120,0000 men, women, children, babies were rounded up and placed in
America's concentration camps," he explained.

His parents and grandparents came to Central California to pursue the
American Dream, when they were ordered to leave their homes for internment camps
during World War II.

"We can take a clear stand for justice and recognize that serious injustices
were done," he read.

As Ikeda reads the apology letter written by President George Bush Senior,
he's torn deep down...because part of his history is tarnished.

A bronze plaque...is gone.

"Part of it honors the memory of Japaense who fought" he continued.

Someone stole it from the Fresno Memorial where his parents where brought
before leaving to the camps.

"To somebody...because they were providing the freedom...to steal a memorial
marker...it's hard to even fathom," said Bruce Thiesen of the Clovis Veterans
Memorial District.

It's harder to fathom...the thief or thieves took it days before Veterans
Day.



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