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There were many nations, many cultures, in one celebration honoring those who serve in and support the Army from the South Pacific regions, regardless of the generation they represent.
This was the goal of the 2010 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration scheduled May 15, 2010, at the Contingency Operating Base Adder Memorial Hall, Iraq.
Music and dancing were offered to all, as well as food steeped in rich cultures from the Pacific Islands. Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand (Aotearoa) and Samoa were all represented during the celebration by Soldiers, Airmen and contractors of heritage, from the Pacific Island region, who performed.
“This (event) is about sharing our culture and who we are with everyone who wants to take part,” said Sgt. John Yang, a native of Sinamoga, Western Samoa, and the supply noncommissioned officer-in-charge for Company C, 412th Aviation Support Battalion, Task Force 12.
Yang explained that most people from the island region are extremely tolerant and very open and inviting to all, no matter whom they are or where they are from. Feasts of food, games, sports and all manner of social mingling can be found at virtually any celebration they host.
The heritage celebration was expected to be an inviting and enjoyable time for all who attended and a chance to partake in true Pacific Island hospitality and culture.
Article and pictures by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher DeHart, 12th CAB, TF 12 PAO