Memorial Day in Huntington Beach, May 31, 2010
Memorial Day in 2010 is on Monday,
the 31st of May. In the United States, Memorial Day is always celebrated
on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is celebrated each year
at the California beaches and in California's cities much like it is
celebrated elsewhere in the United States. In fact, there's actually a
beach in California just over 100 miles north of this event location
shown in the photograph (Huntington Beach), where enemy fire actually
hit the shore. Right at the beach next to Bacara Resort, a plaque
commemorates that event. You can
see more photos
of the Huntington Beach Memorial Day Celebration.
Few know that such an attack
occurred, but as you read about and see plaques along the California
coast in memory of the efforts of WWII, youu'll discover that life was
not easy going and every aspect of life was impacted for Americans
during the war. Just north of Huntington Beach in Long Beach you'll see
replica canons, and on the hilltop in San Pedro at an old Army barracks
you can look at the bunkers and vistas that provided views of the coast
for soldiers on guard.
In Huntington Beach the pier
itself was taken over and used for keeping watch along the coast. One of
the few remnants of the war effort exists on the Bolsa Chica where a
circular track once was used for moving weapons.
Enemy attacks are always on the
minds of residents and visitors to Huntington Beach who can see the Seal
Beach Naval Weapons Station, and the bunkers covered with grass along
the fields across the street from Huntington Beach's Boeing facility.
In Huntington Beach and the 500 or
so beaches throughout California you'll find countless stories from
individuals impacted by war. In California a not-so-proud legacy exists
in which discrimination during WWII led to the creation of internment
camps where Asian-American citizens were housed.
Temporary camps included Civilian
Assembly Centers in Arcadia's Santa Anita Racetrack, stables; Fresno's
Fairgrounds, racetrack and stables; Marysville / Arboga migrant workers'
camp; Merced's county fairgrounds; Owens Valley; Pinedale Assembly
Center, warehouses; Pomona's Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, racetrack
and stables; Sacramento / Walerga migrant workers' camp; Salinas
fairgrounds, racetrack and stables; San Bruno's Tanforan racetrack and
stables; Stockton's San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, racetrack and
stables; Tulare 's fairgrounds, racetrack and stables; Turlock's
Stanislaus County Fairgrounds and Woodland, California.
Two internment camps in California
at Manzanar and Tule Lake housed thousands of individuals, many American
citizens, against their will. In 2008 Tule Lake site was chosen as one
of nine sites to be part of the new World War II Valor in the Pacific