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Ethnic / Special Observances

Ethnic/Special observances are conducted to enhance cross-cultural awareness among all Soldiers, civilian employees, and their families.  These observances recognize the achievements and contributions made by members of specific racial, ethnic, or gender groups in our society.  The observances should also promote understanding, teamwork, harmony, pride, and esprit among all groups, not just within the specific group being honored.

Major events recognized by the Department of Defense are:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration – 3rd Monday of January

  • African American/Black History Month – February 1- 28/29

  • Women’s History Month – March 1 – 31

  • Days of Remembrance – One week incorporating Ha’Shoah

  • Holocaust Remembrance Day - May 2

  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – May 1 – 31

  • Women’s Equality Day – August 26

  • Hispanic Heritage Month – September 15 – October 15

  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month October 1 31

  • American Indian Heritage Month – November 1 – 30