Eglin celebrates Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders

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  • By Kevin Gaddie
  • Team Eglin Public Affairs

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Eglin celebrated the significance of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at a ceremony May 29.  This year’s theme was “Advancing Leaders Through Innovation.”

“The AANHPI community includes many ethnic groups with diverse backgrounds, histories, languages and cultures,” said Staff Sgt. Shanae Eugenio, project officer.  “We share common morals and values, which are reflected in the way we serve in the military.  AANHPI Heritage Month recognizes historical experiences in American history.”

The dedication of May to the AANHPI communities commemorated the immigration of the first Japanese people to the United States, May 7, 1843, and marked the anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad, May 10, 1869.  The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Generations of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have answered the call of duty with our military, and proudly serve to keep the peace and freedom we all enjoy around the world, Eugenio said.  The military celebrates the importance of diversity and inclusion year-round in building a brighter future, she added.               

A local Filipino dance group provided entertainment.  Asian-themed cuisine was served.