Farewell to Manzanar

Why is there a tombstone in the Japanese graveyard for Ko, Woody’s father?1

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Ko's family put up a gravestone in his memory after he'd been gone for nine years without any contact. The stone was their way of marking his life.

“In nineteen thirteen he had been gone for nine years, with no word. To the family in Japan, he was dead. This is his gravestone. I show it to you so you will know how much he mattered to us here, so you will know how happy you have made me bringing this news that he still lives. The happiness I feel now erases all this war has put us through.”

Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki; Houston, James D.. Farewell to Manzanar (p. 143). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.