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Team Hill gathers for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

(left to right) Staff. Sgt. Von Carios, 75th Medical Group, and Tech. Sgt. Tiffany Carios, 729th Air Control Squadron, participate in a Tai Kwan Do demonstration, during the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage festival, held May 16 at the softball fields, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The annual event is part of AAPI Heritage Month celebrating the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages, and unique experiences represented among more than 50 ethnic groups speaking more than 100 languages from Asia and the Pacific Islands. (U.S Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

(left to right) Staff. Sgt. Von Carios, 75th Medical Group, and Tech. Sgt. Tiffany Carios, 729th Air Control Squadron, participate in a Tai Kwan Do demonstration, during the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage festival, held May 16 at the softball fields, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The annual event is part of AAPI Heritage Month celebrating the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages, and unique experiences represented among more than 50 ethnic groups speaking more than 100 languages from Asia and the Pacific Islands. (U.S Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

A visitor enjoys poster boards representing some of the many different country’s celebrated during the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage festival, held May 16 at the softball fields, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The annual event is part of AAPI Heritage Month celebrating the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages, and unique experiences represented among more than 50 ethnic groups speaking more than 100 languages from Asia and the Pacific Islands. (U.S Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

A visitor enjoys poster boards representing some of the many different country’s celebrated during the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage festival, held May 16 at the softball fields, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The annual event is part of AAPI Heritage Month celebrating the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages, and unique experiences represented among more than 50 ethnic groups speaking more than 100 languages from Asia and the Pacific Islands. (U.S Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

Father Max Omana, Catholic Priest at the base chapel, addresses guests as the guest speaker during the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage festival, held May 16 at the softball fields, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The annual event is part of AAPI Heritage Month celebrating the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages, and unique experiences represented among more than 50 ethnic groups speaking more than 100 languages from Asia and the Pacific Islands. (U.S Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

Father Max Omana, Catholic Priest at the base chapel, addresses guests as the guest speaker during the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage festival, held May 16 at the softball fields, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The annual event is part of AAPI Heritage Month celebrating the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages, and unique experiences represented among more than 50 ethnic groups speaking more than 100 languages from Asia and the Pacific Islands. (U.S Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

Jonny Greg, prepares traditional island bar-bq during the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage festival, held May 16 at the softball fields, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The annual event is part of AAPI Heritage Month celebrating the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages, and unique experiences represented among more than 50 ethnic groups speaking more than 100 languages from Asia and the Pacific Islands. (U.S Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

Jonny Greg, prepares traditional island bar-bq during the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage festival, held May 16 at the softball fields, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The annual event is part of AAPI Heritage Month celebrating the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages, and unique experiences represented among more than 50 ethnic groups speaking more than 100 languages from Asia and the Pacific Islands. (U.S Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

(left to right) Tech. Sgt. Jovan Hill, 367th Training Support Squadron, serves some traditional Asian-island foods to visitor, Tammy Fowers, 75th Medical Group, during the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage festival, held May 16 at the softball fields, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The annual event is part of AAPI Heritage Month celebrating the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages, and unique experiences represented among more than 50 ethnic groups speaking more than 100 languages from Asia and the Pacific Islands. (U.S Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

(left to right) Tech. Sgt. Jovan Hill, 367th Training Support Squadron, serves some traditional Asian-island foods to visitor, Tammy Fowers, 75th Medical Group, during the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage festival, held May 16 at the softball fields, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The annual event is part of AAPI Heritage Month celebrating the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages, and unique experiences represented among more than 50 ethnic groups speaking more than 100 languages from Asia and the Pacific Islands. (U.S Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- In celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, the Hill AFB Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Committee held festival May 16 at Centennial Park. The event included cultural awareness activities, as well as Filipino and Hawaiian food.

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month occurs in May to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the U.S. on May 7, 1843. May also marks the anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad, which was completed May 10, 1869, largely using the labor of Chinese immigrants.

The month is designated to recognize the personal achievements and valuable contributions by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who live in the United States. It is also a celebration of cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages, and unique experiences represented among more than 50 ethnic groups speaking more than 100 languages from Asia and the Pacific Islands.