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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial, adorned with paper cranes during the dedication ceremony, sits at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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Site coordinator Roger Grummett, right, speaks at the Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony next to Brent Fisher, Empty Chair Committee advisor, at Capital Park on Saturday.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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Richard John Tanaka, son of John Tanaka, poses with his wife, Lori, and daughters Bethany and Kristi (right) after the Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony at Capital Park on Saturday. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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Empty chair honorees Mike Tanaka, right, representing his father William Tanaka, sits with widow Jeanne Tanaka, center, representing John Tanaka, and Lisa Taguchi, left, representing Sam and Gim Taguchi, during the Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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Empty chair committee member Jackie Triplette hands out one of the 1000+ handmade paper cranes at the Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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Empty chair honoree Walter Fukuyama, right, speaks with family members inside the old Juneau High School gym, now the Legislative Affairs building, after the Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.
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The Empty Chair memorial dedication ceremony takes place at Capital Park on Saturday. The memorial was constructed to remember those interned during World War II because of their Japanese descent. At Juneau High School's 1942 graduation an empty chair sat where class Valedictorian John Tanaka would have sat.

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