Asian American and Pacific Islanders have been serving honorably in the United States Military, since the War of 1812. In honor of the Asian Pacific Heritage, the last celebration event for the month of May was held at the Iron Mike center with observance and food sampling.

Asian American and Pacific Islanders have been serving honorably in the United States Military, since the War of 1812. In honor of the Asian Pacific Heritage, the last celebration event for the month of May was held at the Iron Mike center with observance and food sampling.

The event kicked off with the National Anthem form the 82nd Airborne Division Band. Followed by a string of performers including the Fayetteville Okinawa Kenjinkai dance group, Aloha Ka’naka O Hula Halau dancers and Cpt Kyungkun Lee, USARC. The event was to shed light on Pacific Island dances, to enjoy a variety of different foods representing a diverse and geographically widespread group of cultures, and to learn a few things about the heritage and history of several cultures who have played an integral part in the history of the U.S.

Lee who kept the crowd entertained through a number of dances and song as he performed. Some people through the crowd already recognized him because Lee has competed on national levels and has a number of Youtube videos out of his performances.

The guest speaker was Colonel John J. Melton who is the commander of 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade. At the end of the event, individuals were able to sample different foods that represent the Asian Pacific Heritage.

The “Asian/Pacific-American” designation encompasses more than 50 ethnic or language groups including native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. There are now more Asian and Pacific Islander groups than in the past - with 28 Asian and 19 Pacific Islander subgroups representing a vast array of languages and cultures.

The purpose stated that this year’s observance theme “Many Cultures, One Voice,” represents this spirit and the direction we as a nation are striving for a country that values the contributions of everyone who calls America home.

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