May 28, 2022 – With pomp and ceremony, CUFOT and the Filipino American National Historical Society, Hampton Roads (FANHS-HR) worked together with the Navy, Virginia state officials, local politicians, and many volunteers to dedicate the historical state marker to the history of Filipino sailors in the United States Navy.
Filipino American and Deputy Commander of Naval Supply Systems Command(NAVSUP) Rear Admiral Alan Reyes was present as the keynote speaker of the event. Elaine Luria (D, Rep. VA-02) also spoke:
“Hampton Roads would not be what it is without the rich history and vibrant culture of the Navy and our Filipino community, and it was a great day to come together and celebrate these two institutions that have such an impact on our area. This long-awaited honor will recognize the service of countless Filipino and Filipino American men and women who have served and currently serve in the Navy. It’s my hope that this historical marker will serve as an inspiration for the next generations of Filipino American sailors.”
Other dignitaries included the mayor, Bob Dyer of Virginia Beach where over 47,000 Filipinos make their home.