Amata Recognized by Center for Army Analysis, for Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, “I am excited and honored to be with you today. I cherish these occasions, because we Samoans are particularly proud of our brothers and sisters who serve in the armed forces to protect the freedoms we all treasure, and even more so, because I come from a family with a strong military tradition. My grandfather served in the Navy and was part of a team that helped set up a local government in American Samoa in the early 1900’s. My dad, who saw action in WWII in the Southwest Pacific is to my knowledge the only Samoan enshrined in the U.S Army’s Infantry Hall of Fame at Ft. Benning, GA., and I was privileged to be with him at his induction ceremony. I have three brothers who are Army veterans and one who served in the Navy including a tour in Vietnam and retired with a 100% service connected disability. My sister’s husband was a career NCO, who retired after serving two tours in Iraq, and their three sons are all commissioned officers in the United States Army, so I know a little about military ritual,” said Amata.
The Congresswoman was invited to speak to the assembly of high-level civilian employees and senior military officers at the Center for Army Analysis (CAA) in Ft. Belvoir, VA. in recognition of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.
Following her words to those gathered, the CAA presented Aumua Amata with a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of her character and achievement and for sharing her time and knowledge on the challenges and achievements of all Asian-Pacific Americans.
“I am honored and humbled to be recognized by the Center as we honor the Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders who have strengthened and helped diversify our great nation, and I look forward to ensuring that we recognize their achievements not just for the month of May, but throughout the entire year,” concluded Amata.
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