Ron Simmons sings “God Bless the USA” at the Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany Unity/Multicultural Day on Thursday. The annual event is held to recognize the contributions of different cultures.
MCLB-ALBANY, Ga. -- Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany hosted its annual Unity/Multicultural Day at the base's Boyett Park on Thursday.
The ninth-annual event was held to recognize the contributions of different cultures. It was filled with sizzling aromas, performances and presentations by various individuals and groups.
"In a work force, you have people from different cultures," said Staff Sgt. Juana DeLosSantos, an equal opportunity advisor for Marine Corps Logistics Command (LOGCOM). "We recognize that our work force is founded on so many nationalities.
"Just being able to embrace each other helps us work better together."
Themed "Embracing Our Uniqueness," the event was open to personnel with base access and their families. There were multiple booths set up with ethnic food samplings, and for information about different cultures.
In all, there were up to 1,000 people expected to attend. Disability awareness, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, women's history awareness and the black employment program were among the groups represented at the event in addition to the ethnic food sampling table.
The performance segment included musical renditions from International Studies Elementary Charter School and Radium Springs Middle Magnet School of the Arts.
"We are all individuals; we are all unique," said Angelo Knox, equal opportunity employment specialist with Civilian Human Resource Office-Southeast. "We are all coming together. Bringing together all groups lets everyone know we are not putting emphasis on one particular group.
"We are celebrating everyone."
As part of the women's history component, a skit was performed with participants representing various figures. DeLosSantos portrayed Benazir Bhutto, a politician and stateswoman who served as the prime minister of Pakistan in two non-consecutive terms from November 1988 until October 1990.
Col. Yori Escalante, chief of staff for LOGCOM, was among those to make an appearance at the event.