Asian American Heritage Day festivities in Springfield, MA included the raising of the Republic of Vietnam’s revered flag. Here, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno joins community leaders and BPSOS staff to honor the occasion.
June 9, 2009: In response to President Barack Obama’s proclamation of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, BPSOS-Springfield coordinated a special event with Thu Pham, director of the Vietnamese Health Project. WWLP Channel 22 News was on hand for the event; to watch a clip, click here.
The May 22 Asian American Heritage Day event that resulted from the collaboration was honored with recognition from Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, who cited the positive contributions that Asians, prominent among them Vietnamese, have made to their Massachusetts city.
Sarno thanked Vietnamese agencies like Boat People SOS, the Springfield Vietnamese American Civic Association, the Vietnamese Health Project at Mercy Medical Center, and the Vietnamese Veterans’ Group.
The mayor recognized Vietnamese citizens who are working for the city and meeting the needs of the community, including Xu Ba Tran at the Health Department and Hoa Pham at the Probate Court, and others like Thu Pham at Mercy Medical Center, as well as BPSOS-Springfield branch manager Khanh Nguyen and fund development coordinator Maddie Allen.
Nguyen thanked the mayor for his recognition and congratulated the Asian community for its achievements.
Springfield staff members expressed pride at the Vietnamese-American community’s contributions in the areas of social service, education, local government, arts, religion, and business.
For more information about the events and services of BPSOS-Springfield, please contact Khanh Nguyen at 413.846.6300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.