HONORING FILIPINO AMERICAN VETERANS & THEIR STORIES
Veterans Day is November 11, and Kaya recognizes and thanks all the men and women who have protected our freedom and rights as Americans. Filipino Americans have made lasting contributions to America’s wartime efforts. The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the Library of Congress recently hosted a special all-day program showcasing the contributions of the Asian Pacific American community during World War II, entitled Unsung Heroes: Asian Pacific American Heroism During World War II.
The event featured speakers from the 100th Battalion/442nd “Go for Broke” Japanese American Team, “the Flying Tigers” and the 14th ASG & 987th Signal Company, Filipino Scouts, and the role of APA women in the Military. In addition, Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Tammy Duckworth issued a call to action, “Honor our Veterans. Record their Histories!”
Kaya members and allies can honor a veteran in your family or community by recording their story. Take a moment to listen to some courageous stories at www.loc.gov/vets/stories/ex-war-asianpacific.html and then record and submit a story of a veteran you know to the collection at the VHP. For more information on the Veterans History Project call 1-888-371-5848, or visit www.loc.gov/vets.