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Heart Mountain Pilgrimage a chance to learn from history

Posted at 6:06 PM, Jul 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-27 20:06:50-04

CODY, Wyo. – This weekend is about remembering, learning and looking to the future at the Heart Mountain Pilgrimage.

The internment camp was home to Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. Ten thousand were at Heart Mountain and a total of 120,000 were interned across the country.

Tom Brokaw received the LaDonna Zall Compassionate Witness Award for his support of the foundation.

Lance Ito, retired Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge, was the keynote speaker at the Saturday lunch. Ito talked about his parents who were internees at Heart Mountain. The lunch included a dedication of the James O. and Toshiko Nagamori Ito Victory Garden. James Ito was the farming superintendent. He and his wife helped lead the effort to raise crops.

The Pilgrimage started on Friday and ends Saturday night with the Sayonara Banquet.

Former Congressman and cabinet secretary Norm Minetta and former Senator Alan Simpson spoke on Friday.

Minetta was an internee and Simpson lived in Cody. The two met as Boy Scouts.