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Utah governor to honor Topaz internee, Fred Korematsu
Fred Korematsu Day » A young California welder resisted orders that sent 120,000 Japanese- Americans into internment camps in the 1940s.

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The California Assembly in 2010 voted to celebrate Fred Korematsu Day every Jan. 30. Hawaii and Utah are celebrating the day this year as a one-time event. Michigan, where Korematsu lived after leaving Utah and where he met his wife, is having a Jan. 30 event to celebrate him as well, Liu said.

"It’s not just about the day," Liu said. "It’s about what Mr. Korematsu represented and the lesson he imparted to all of us: don’t be afraid to speak up if you see something wrong."

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Proclaiming Fred Korematsu Day

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert will sign a proclamation designating this Jan. 30 as Fred Korematsu Day on Friday at 1:15 p.m. The ceremony will be held in the State Capitol’s Gold Room, which is on the second floor near the governor’s office.

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