Today, I'd especially like to remember two people.
|Reverend Emery Andrews|
The first is Reverend Emery Andrews whose courage and good-heartedness inspires me to do a little bit better in my life, though I could never stand up against the tide of public opinion in the way he did. Reverend Andrews was the inspiration for the father in my book, The Fences Between Us; you can read more of his story here or in my Author's Note.
The second person is Mitsi Shiraishi, the inspiration for my latest book, Dash. When Mitsi learned it would be against the rules to take her precious dog, Chubby, with her to Tule Lake, she wrote General DeWitt to ask him to reconsider that rule. He refused. Mitsi was one of the lucky ones and was able to find a home for her pet, with a neighbor, Mrs. Charles Bovee. Mrs. Bovee kept a diary of Chubby's first few weeks in her household -- writing it in Chubby's voice! -- and sent it to Mitsi while she was still in the camp.
Who do you remember on this Day of Remembrance?