Monuments help us remember history

The News-Press ran a front-page article detailing the sad events of sister cityhood rejection (“Japanese sister city weighs an end to ties,” Aug. 24).

Higashiosaka, Japan is considering ending its 53-year relationship with Glendale. An acrimonious divorce possibly in reaction to the placement of the Central Park Comfort Women statue monument. That 200,000 suffered this fate has been declared by the survivors, recognized by the Japanese and rightly honored by our community.

Likewise in the same Saturday edition, Bert Ring's editorial cartoon envisions what the future historical remembrance for the Tuna Canyon Japanese American Detention Center may be reduced to if we stand silently and idly by.

If we pull back from one another, if we refuse history, whether it discloses our heroism or shame, then evil will walk among us again and destruction shall be proclaimed. Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Comfort women were taken. The United States dropped two nuclear bombs, killing 200,000 people in three days. Monuments are appropriate. No, they are needed.

Tim Jagoe
La Crescenta

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