"Any historian would tell you, what would they want? They would want a time machine.
They would want a time machine, to go back and talk to George Washington, or whoever.
Well, we don't need a time machine.
Lilly is here.
She is living history."
Those were the words of Bainbridge Community Foundation board member Clarence Moriwaki in honoring Lilly Kodama at the foundation's annual Philanthropy Celebration on Nov.
The 85-year-old native of Bainbridge Island, Wash., has spent the last 15 years telling the story of her family's forced removal from the island during World War II, the News Tribune reports.
"She has helped activate the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial's motto to Nai Yoni (Let it Not Happen Again) as a place of remembrance and action," Moriwaki said of Kodama, who has also worked with local nonprofits.
"She got involved with local nonprofits and has had an immense impact sharing personal and historical stories about Japanese exclusion to further education on this important part of history," a BCF press release states.
"And you have to treasure that."
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