Importance of special observances

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Bradford Bowen
  • 23rd Wing Equal Opportunity
How boring would your life be if everyone looked the same, had the same background, and liked everything you did?

Differences are the spice of life, and the importance of recognizing our differences is what makes our lives unique. It's the uniqueness of all of our different cultures that make up the United States we live in today.

The importance of recognizing these differences works two-fold; first, it displays the culture someone lives in, to include foods, music, clothing, and history. Second, it educates us on what people from different parts of the world value.

To recognize our differences is a huge step in keeping our work place diverse and accepting everyone for their talents. At the same time it also gives someone the opportunity to understand the different cultures people not only live but practice.

The chance to celebrate these differences is an opportunity to learn something new  or to clear up a stereotype previously had about a particular group or culture. By honoring these celebrations, we hope to gain a better understanding of the world and thrive on the diversity is in our daily lives.

Special observance programs are run by the Armed Forces on various bases and posts worldwide. It is the chance for our brothers in arms to obtain a better understanding of their fellow Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine. 

Moody will hold special observances happening throughout the year, starting in February and running through November. There is always something new and exciting to learn.

Here is a list of the year's scheduled observances:

February: African American History Month
March: Women's History Month
April 23-30: "Days of Remembrance" for victims of the Holocaust
May: Asian-Pacific Islander Month
August 26: Women's Equality Day
September: Hispanic Heritage (15 Sept. - 15 Oct.)
November: Native American Heritage Month

We look forward to seeing you and your family at one of our events.