The Glendale memorial is set to be the largest in the United States, Lee said. The others in New Jersey are smaller monuments.
Last year, Japanese officials asked Palisades Park — a small New Jersey borough outside New York — to remove its comfort women memorial but officials there refused. After that was installed in 2010, another plaque was placed in Bergen County, New Jersey. A third memorial is in the works in another New Jersey borough.
In California, a plaque honoring comfort women is embedded in a small monument in a Garden Grove shopping center, but Glendale's memorial will be the first on public property on the West Coast.