Lilyan’s parents moved to Riverside County, CA. from Japan in the early 1900s, where they joined a farming community, started a business, and raised a spirited daughter. The life they had built was ripped apart during WWII. Following the Pearl Harbor attack, Lilyan and her parents were forced to live in a Japanese Internment Camp far from the home they knew and loved. Lilyan was just 13 when she and her family lost everything they owned. But even at that young age, she never lost her joy for life. In camp, Lilyan started writing about her experiences. Her essay on the Bill of Rights went on to win a prize from a major LA newspaper that featured her in an article. After the war, she went on to serve her country, working for the U.S. Army. Her resilience, capacity for forgiveness, and contagious smile remind us all that there is more to celebrate in life than to grieve. We’d love to hear what brings you joy. Please join us for a free lunch and tour.