Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

For generations Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have manifested a legacy that reflects the spirit of our great Nation.

In recognition of their unwavering spirit the month of May is set aside as a time to acknowledge the achievements and contributions to American heritage by more than 56 different ethnicities, with over 100 languages, from Asia and the Pacific Islands who live in the United States.

May was chosen to honor the arrival of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843. It was also chosen to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

While Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders heritage and communities span the globe their success stories are uniquely American.

The story of American history and our rapid rise to global prominence would be very different without the technical expertise, cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages, and unique experiences represented by Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

Attached is a slide show that highlights several Asian American and Pacific Islanders that played an integral role in shaping and defending our Nation.

My hope is that you’ll take the time to honor their sacrifices and contributions by flipping through the presentation. So many of them were born in foreign lands, traveled to America, and pursued the American way of live through military and civil service.

This year’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month theme is “Unite Our Voices by Speaking Together.”

Please join with me in commemorating Asian American and Pacific Islanders who strive for a brighter tomorrow for future generations.

As a team lets commit ourselves to embracing the diversity that makes this country great and ensure everyone has a chance to pursue their goals and succeed in this great Nation.


David C. Hill
Brigadier General, U.S. Army
Commander, Southwestern Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

“Building Strong…Army Strong!”

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