WHEREAS, Alaska has a rich cultural history which includes the values of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; and
WHEREAS, the cultural diversity of our communities is made up of many languages, beliefs, and traditions which strengthen the social fabric of our diverse state; and
WHEREAS, we respect the heritage and traditions of all cultures in Alaska and we are proud to be Alaskans with rich, diverse and ethnic heritage; and
WHEREAS, generations of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have contributed to our state through their hard work, love of family and friends, and their service in our Armed Forces. We are grateful for their service in our military, and for protecting our Constitution and freedoms; and
WHEREAS, on May 31, 2019, we have an opportunity to experience Pacific Islander culture through the Pacific Island Festival, held to commemorate the first raising of the American Flag on Tutuila Island in the American Samoa on April 17, 1900. We also have the opportunity to remember the first Japanese citizens who came to the United States on May 7, 1843, and honor the numerous Chinese workers who helped lay the tracks of the transcontinental railroad, which was completed on May 10, 1869; and
WHEREAS, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is an occasion to recognize and appreciate the rich history, culture, and achievements of Alaska’s Asian and Pacific Island Americans.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Michael J. Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim May 2019 as:
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to recognize and learn about the Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures, and the contributions they make to Alaska and our nation.