04/24/2013 -- Marine Corps Logistics Command and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany officials, in a collaborative effort, hosted the 2013 Unity/Multicultural Day, at Boyett Park, April 18.
Themed “Embracing Our Uniqueness,” the event was open to all military and civilian personnel with base access as well as family members.
Unity/Multicultural Day featured various ethnic and cultural venues including diversity displays, music and dancing. Marine Corps Community Services catered the event with free ethnic food samplings to further promote cultural awareness.
Col. Yori Escalante, chief of staff, MCLC, was the guest speaker.
“It is important to recognize our differences but also to remember we are all here for the same reason, to be Americans,” Escalante said.
The idea behind Unity/Multicultural Day is to promote awareness of the six annual federal Special Emphasis Programs including Black/African-American, Women, Asian/Pacific-Islander, Hispanic, Disability and Native American, while simultaneously promoting unity among all cultures, according to information provided by the 2013 Unity/Multicultural Day committee.
“This is a day of people coming together,” Lynette Dilbert, supply systems analyst of Distribution Management Center, MCLC, said. “There are no barriers and we are here to be united.”
The local International Studies Elementary Charter School and Radium Springs Middle School in Albany provided cultural and educational performances.
Children from the Base Child Development Center closed out the event portraying six famous Americans of various cultures.