War and Remembrance

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Regarding the article "Saving Symbols of Shame" [March 10] concerning the wartime internment of Japanese-Americans: Tragically, during wartime, many innocents are caught up in the struggle.

The internees were among the innocent; however, they were furnished basic necessities of life and were displaced only temporarily. The $38 million bill signed by President Bush to preserve these 10 internment camps would be better spent remembering the citizens of the Nanking Massacre or the loyal citizens of the Philippines or the survivors of the Bataan Death March.

T. W. Olson


World War II veteran
Huntington, W.Va.  

Considering the success of the unprovoked attack on Pearl Harbor, there was every reason to believe that the Japanese would also attack the mainland. The internment decision was a defensive one. Reparations to survivors and redress payments alone are acts that would not have taken place in most countries. Let's not spend tax dollars for so-called monuments to shame.

Leroy McCampbell


Palmyra, Va.