This Japanese Internment Camp Monument is in Poston, Arizona. There were three camps built here, the internees called them Roasten, Toastin and Dustin, because they were located in the desert.
The peak population of the Poston camps was over 17,000, mostly Southern Californians. A single fence surrounded all three camps, because it was considered pointless to have a guard tower since the camps were in the desert.
When I looked at the monument, I was struck with horror by what was done to American citizens. The Americans that transitioned into these camps from civilian life had to be strong individuals. The monument is to help people realize this should never be done again. I visited a concentration camp in Germany during the mid 1980’s. The same hope that people would never suffer this kind of pain again was there.
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” — Elie Wiesel
The monument is right off the road going through Poston.
Roadside America- Japanese Internment Camp Monument