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Manzanar National Monument, California February 2007
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Manzanar National Monument, California February 2007

I asked the ranger about the things left in the graveyard. He said that coins are a part of the tradition, that there is an area in the graveyard that is honoring children and people often leave toys. He, also, told of a tradition for multiple generations of detainees to visit the grounds and the older generation shows their children and grand-children where their housing was. They will often find shards of pots and plates and then the family will take them to the cemetery and place them there. This is one of those chards.

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Carol E Sandgren26-Mar-2007 05:26
And I like that the only green object in this image is the chard of Japanese pottery, among the pebbles on the ground.
Phil Douglis16-Mar-2007 00:54
Very moving -- it really helps to know the context that you give us here. With the knowledge that this shard was probably from a plate or dish actually used at the camp, each pebble below it takes on more meaning.