In-person Pilgrimage

Images from Amache Pilgrimage

Annual Amache Pilgrimage – May 21, 2022

Pilgrimages to former WWII concentration camps for those of Japanese descent were started in the late 1960s. It took nearly a quarter century for former prisoners and their descendants to question why they had been imprisoned and begin searching for answers. Learn more on the Pilgrimage History page.

The annual Amache Pilgrimage typically takes place on the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend, which this year was May 21, 2022. It was the first in-person Pilgrimage possible since 2019. There was additional attention due to the signing of the Amache National Historic Site Act, and it was the first Amache Pilgrimage for many attendees. The National Park Service filmed the event and is preparing a video to share. A number of news stations also attended. We will post links below as we receive them.

Program

11 AM Memorial Ceremony at the Amache Cemetery
12:30 PM Potluck Lunch at Granada High School
1:30 PM Visit the Amache site or Amache museum
2:30 PM Bus returns to Denver

News Coverage

9News: Survivors, descendants and families make pilgrimage to Amache

9News.com attended the Pilgrimage and produced a 30 minute special “Injustice Forever: the Story of Amache”, which aired on Sunday June 26, 2022. It tells the story of Amache and what will likely to happen to the site once the National Park Service is running it. View the 2:50 minute overview video on 9News.com, or watch the full special.

9News: Pilgrimage to Amache Returns

9News.com also interviewed Derek Okubo, Director of the Denver Agency for Human Rights and Amache descendant. View the 5 minute video on 9News.com.

Colorado Public Radio: The Camp Amache rose is blooming. Here’s what it looks like

A rose bush planted by Amache incarcerees was witnessed blooming for the first time in almost 80 years at the Pilgrimage. Learn more about the discovery of the Amache rose, propagation of cuttings at the Denver Botanic Gardens, and view footage of the bloom on CPR news.

The Prowers Journal: Historic Amache Pilgrimage

Read a brief overview of the main Pilgrimage events by The Prowers Journal.

KRDO: Remembering Amache, the story of Colorado’s WWII Japanese internment camp

KRDO produced a short video and StoryMap of the Pilgrimage, featuring an interviews with Amache survivor Bob Fuchigami and APS lead John Hopper.