Japanese forced to camps honored

A memorial will be dedicated this morning at the Stanislaus County Fairground in honor of the Japanese-Americans who were forced to move to the Turlock Assembly Center there during World War II.

The Japanese American Assembly Center in Turlock opened April 30, 1942, after President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order that authorized the forced relocation of people of Japanese descent living on the West Coast.

Kayla Canelo, a graduate student at California State University, Stanislaus, spearheaded the effort.

The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. at the fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock.