From the plaque:
This monument is dedicated
to the 3,586 Monterey Bay area residents of Japanese ancestry,
most of whom were American citizens, temporarily confined
in the Salinas Rodeo Grounds during World War II, from
April to July 1942. They were detained without charges,
trial, or establishment of guilt before being incarcerated
in permanent camps, mostly at Poston, Arizona. May such
injustice and humiliation never recur.
Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Japanese American Citizens League chapters of Salinas Valley, Gilroy, Monterey Penninsula, San Benito County, and Watsonville and the City of Salinas, February 19, 1984.