SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Training Support Center (TSC) San Diego celebrated Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout the month of May.
Following this year's theme "Unite Our Voices by Speaking Together," TSC San Diego celebrated outstanding Asian and Pacific Islander Americans who have made important contributions in America through a daily all-hands e-mail campaign and an observance ceremony in the command's courtyard May. 31.
"The Navy is a very diverse community with many different cultures," said Navy Counselor 1stClass Nicole Carrillo. "Taking the time to observe other cultures is a great cultural education opportunity."
During the observance ceremony, members from the Pacific Islander Festival Association (PIVA) presented cultural information and performed native dances from Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.
"Community outreach in the San Diego region is very important and gives people exposure to cultures that they may not be familiar with," said Sam Simpliciano, an executive officer with PIVA. "We hope that everyone can continue to celebrate the unique Asian and Pacific Islander cultures throughout the year."
"Our Navy is a proud reflection of the diverse society that it serves," said Capt. Michael S. Feyedelem, TSC San Diego Commanding Officer. "Opportunities to provide education and awareness to our Sailors are very valuable."
Directed by Congress in 1978 and established by Presidential Proclamation in 1979, Asian and Pacific American Heritage Week was first observed the week of May 4, 1979. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush expanded the observance to encompass the entire month, and in 1992, Congress passed a law permanently designating May as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
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