May offers opportunity to honor achievements of Asian-Pacific Americans – May 15
Asian-Pacific American Heritage month observance 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. May 15 at Riley's Conference Center
Story by: Calun Reece
1ST INF. DIV. POST
May is Asian-Pacific American heritage month and will be celebrated with an observance from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. May 15 at Riley's Conference Center.
The observance, hosted by the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley Equal Opportunity Office, will focus on the achievements Asian-Pacific Americans have made throughout history.
Asian-Pacific Americans encompasses more than 50 ethnic groups, said Sgt. 1st Class Frank Desario, noncommissioned officer in charge, Equal Opportunity Office.
Nita Miller, secretary, Directorate of Logistics, will be the guest speaker at the event.
Miller, who has called Fort Riley home since 1955, has a rich Asian-Pacific American heritage of her own. She migrated to America by ship with her Family in 1951, when she was 3 years old.
Her father was one of thousands of American and Filipino POWs who were forced to march in the Bataan Death March during World War II. He joined the U.S. Army in 1950.
Miller is the oldest of eight siblings. Her father's influence inspired Miller and her siblings to continue to achieve their goals and make a difference in their communities, she said.
It is important to always strive to continue learning, Miller said.
"The Unites States is known as the melting pot, and I think it's really important for everybody to know (about) all the other cultures around us," she said.
"She brings a lot of history to the event," Desario said. "I think it will be a very good observance, and I believe the community, along with all the Soldiers here at Fort Riley, will be able to take something away from it."
Fort Riley is like a big Family, Miller said.
"There are so many of us, but we all have our own culture, and I think it's to our advantage to learn about each culture," she said. "That's why my husband and I and my friends, we come to every one of these because we learn from everyone."
Filipino food sampling will be available with special selections by Miller.