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Join us in celebrating the significant contributions of FILIPINOS IN THE MILITARY on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 12 noon at the SMI Gallery, 189 Liberty St NE, Suite 107, Salem, OR 97301. As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the 4th wave of Filipino immigration to the U. S., FANHS-OR is honoring its veterans and recognizing the important role of Filipino servicemen in the U.S.
The Military Bases Agreement of 1947 between the United States and the Philippines enabled the United States to build air and Naval facilities in the Philippines and recruit thousands of Filipinos in the Navy. Later, Filipinos joined the Philippine Scouts which was part of the United States Army that participated in the war against the Japanese in the Philippines. Countless Filipinos served in the war efforts during World War II, in the Korean and Vietnam wars and in other wars.
In the early years, brave Filipinos fought with the US military, driving Spain out of the country and ending its colonial rule in the Philippines for 377 years. (Spanish governance started when Magellan planted a cross in the island of Limasawa on March 31, 1521 to confirm Spain’s sovereignty over the area and Rajah Kulambo saw the cross as the symbol that would protect the natives against evil. This rule ended when United States President William McKinley ordered a military government set up and General Wesley Merritt was appointed on August 26, 1898).
FANHS-OR Mission: To Promote Understanding, Education, Enlightenment, Appreciation and Enrichment through the Identification, Gathering, Preservation and Dissemination of the History and Culture of Filipino Americans in the United States.
State of Oregon Proclamation: Filipino American History Month