"Colorado Is Now Home To America's Newest National Park"

"Amache National Historic Site in southeastern Colorado is officially America's newest national park, the National Park Service announced Thursday.

Amache, located one mile outside of Granada, was one of 10 incarceration sites used to detain thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II. The town of Granada acquired and donated the land needed to establish the site as a national park.

"Amache's addition to the National Park System is a reminder that a complete account of the nation's history must include our dark chapters of injustice," National Park Service Director Chuck Sams stated in a Feb. 15 news release. "To heal and grow as a nation we need to reflect on past mistakes, make amends, and strive to form a more perfect union."

Nearly two years ago in March 2022, President Joe Biden signed into law a bill backed by Colorado lawmakers to designate the camp a National Historic Site."

Lauren Penington reports for the Denver Post February 19, 2024.

Source: Denver Post, 02/20/2024