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Murray Pushes Memorial Study for Bainbridge Island Through Senate

Nov 20 2002

Memorial would honor Japanese-Americans Imprisoned During WWII

WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Early this morning, the U.S. Senate passed the Japanese-American Memorial Study Act, authorizing the Interior Department to explore the possible designation of Bainbridge Island's Eagledale Ferry Dock as a national memorial within the National Park Service.

The memorial would honor over two hundred Bainbridge Island residents who were sent from the Ferry Dock to American internment camps during World War II, and would preserve the site as a public park.

With only a handful of her colleagues remaining in the Chamber, Murray stayed on the Senate floor until the wee hours of Wednesday morning to push the measure through the Senate. If not for Murray's patience and perseverance, the bill would not have passed.

"We can't undo the injustice suffered by Japanese-Americans during World War II, but we can give them the recognition they deserve and an eternal reminder to all that this should never happen again," Senator Murray said. "A national memorial at the Eagledale Ferry Dock would be a lasting tribute to over two-hundred Bainbridge Island residents imprisoned in wartime internment camps. This study is a first step towards realizing that vision."

Designating the Bainbridge Island site as a national memorial would both commemorate its historical significance and preserve the land for future generations. The Eagledale Ferry Dock is located on the Wycoff property, which is undergoing cleanup as a Superfund site. Senator Murray supports efforts underway to turn the entire Wycoff site into a public park.

"Our national parks protect areas of unique value in America. I'm proud this new study will help Washingtonians recognize and protect a part of our history that we must not forget," said Murray.