A Peek Into America’s Heritage

America is the melting pot of the world. No other country can boast of the different cultures and peoples as we can. We even have months dedicated to the different types of citizens living in the United States throughout the year. Taking pride in your heritage should also open you up to an appreciation for the legacy of others. Living in a continuing care retirement community offers you many opportunities to meet new people and learn how much alike you are, even if your family backgrounds are different.

8 Month-Long Observances in the USA

It’s fun to learn about other people’s heritage. Here are some common heritage celebrations that are observed all month long:

  1. Black History Month (African American History Month): February is the time we spend remembering the valuable contributions of African Americans. Initially, it was the second week of February to coincide with President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. In 1970, one week became an entire month.
  2. Irish American Heritage Month: A newer monthly observance, March is the month to honor the achievements and contributions of Irish immigrants and their families. 
  3. Arab American Heritage Month: In April, the National Arab Heritage Month takes place to celebrate Arab Americans’ contributions. 
  4. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: May was chosen because in May 1843, the first Japanese immigrant arrived in the United States, and in 1869, the golden spike was driven into the First Transcontinental Railroad. The railroad was completed utilizing a majority of Chinese labor and was a significant contribution to unifying the country’s coast-to-coast transportation.
  5. National Hispanic Heritage Month: Originally established as Hispanic Heritage Week, September 15th through October 15th is now the month to celebrate Hispanic peoples. The military will take this time to honor fallen Hispanic Americans who served in the armed forces.
  6. Italian American Heritage & Culture Month: October is for Italian Americans. First celebrated in 1989, the month was chosen to coincide with Columbus Day. Many Italian immigrants and their families have contributed to America’s society.
  7. Polish American Heritage Month: October is also a time to honor Polish Americans. It was the month when the first Polish immigrant settlers came to Jamestown, Virginia.
  8. Native American Indian Heritage Month: November is not only for Thanksgiving, but it is known as a month to honor Native Americans. It began in 1976 with an awareness week. 

Exchange Stories and Share Your Heritage at Wesley Enhanced Living

Embrace your heritage and share it with others when you join the residents at Wesley Enhanced Living. We believe each day is primed and ready for living life to its fullest. You will find opportunities to meet new people, grow in your personal development, and support your nutritional and physical needs. Whether you prefer independent living, personal care, rehabilitation, or skilled nursing, we have the perfect option for you. Take a moment to contact us today to learn more about all that we have to offer.

Wesley Enhanced Living provides high-quality senior retirement communities for you or your loved ones.  Contact one of our Philadelphia area locations and find out why our seniors love where they live. Our staff is happy to discuss your elder’s needs or your own and inform you of our range of services. Virtual tours are now available. Call us today for more information.

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