Pendleton hosts Multi-Cultural Celebration[MIGRATE]
By Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
| September 24, 2012
Camp Pendleton service members and families gathered to celebrate the contributions of many diverse cultures during the Multi-Cultural Day event at the Pacific Views Events Center, Sept. 18.
The event was held to educate and entertain while fostering a sense of unity amongst the many diverse groups that serve in and with the military forces.
“It is imperative that we afford ourselves the opportunity to embrace all cultures parallel to our own,” said Master Sgt. Duane K. Hairston, the equal opportunity advisor from the Command Inspector General’s Office of Marine Corps Installations West.
The event began with an outstanding musical performance from the 1st Marine Division Band and a passage highlighting the importance of the event. Next an invocation was given by the Chaplain of MCI – West followed by the marching of the colors and the playing of the National Anthem.
“Diversity is the heart of our Corps; we strive to build an organization that provides equality for every individual,” said Hairston. “Every ethnicity, age group, religion and gender has vital attributes to contribute to the Corps' winning team of success.”
After the opening ceremony, live performances by Camp Pendleton’s service members began. This included performances by a Mariachi band, Japanese Dancers and Native American Dancers.
“It is critical to our long term sustainability that the responsibility doesn't rely on a few individuals in senior positions to ensure diversity, but we all work diligently to bridge gaps, and dispel false perceptions of those that may be from outside our culture that serve alongside us,” said Hairston.
These performances are a unique part of each culture. This allows service members to reflect on their heritage.