Observance Themes

Observance

Date

Authorization

Source/Theme

Martin Luther King’s Birthday

20 January 2014

Public Law 98-144

National and Department of Defense USD (P&R) Theme

Source: The King Center

Remember! Celebrate! Act!

A Day On, Not A Day Off!! (This theme does not change.)

African American/Black History Month

1-28 February 2014

Public Law 99-244

National and Department of Defense USD (P&R) Theme

Source: Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

Civil Rights in America

Women’s History Month

1-31 March 2014

Public Law 100-9

National and Department of Defense USD (P&R) Theme

Source: Women’s History Project

Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

1-30 April 2014

DoD Directive 6495.01 – Department policy on sexual assault prevention and response. Highlights responsibilities for training, awareness, etc.

Department of Defense USD (P&R) Theme

Source: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO)

2014 Theme: Live Our Values: Step Up to Stop Sexual Assault

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Days of Remembrance

28 April 2014
27 Apr – 4 May 2014

Public Law 96-388 and Presidential Proclamation

National and Department of Defense USD (P&R) Theme

Source: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

1-31 May 2014

Title 36, U.S. Code, Section 102.

National and Department of Defense USD (P&R) Theme

Source:  Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center 

2014 Theme: “I Am Beyond”

Pride Month

1-30 June 2014

Presidential proclamation (historically published the beginning of June)

No designated theme

Women’s Equality Day

26 August 2014

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971 and Presidential Proclamation

National and Department of Defense USD (P&R) Theme

Source: Women’s History Project

Celebrating Women's Right to Vote   (This theme does not change.)

 

Hispanic Heritage Month

15 September-

15 October 2014

Title 36, U.S. Code, Section 126.

National and Department of Defense USD (P&R) Theme

Source:  National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers

2014 Theme: To Be Announced…

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

1-31 October 2014

Title 36, U.S. Code, Section 121.

National and Department of Defense USD (P&R) Theme

Source:  Department of Labor

2014 Theme: To Be Announced…

National American Indian Heritage Month

1-30 November 2014

Public Law 102-188, Executive Order 13270 and Presidential Proclamation

National and Department of Defense USD (P&R) Theme

Source:  Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE)

2014 Theme: To Be Announced…

 







































































































PLEASE NOTE: On behalf of the Department of Defense USD (P&R), Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute announces themes for national observances. While all DEOMI published themes are representative of the Department of Defense, this does not preclude an organization from creating their own theme or using previously published themes. Organizations are not required to limit their special observances to just those reflected here. Others may be conducted providing the same local procedures are used for research, planning, implementation and evaluation as any other special observance. Organizations are reminded that special observances are conducted to recognize the continuous achievements of all Americans to American culture and to increase awareness, mutual respect, and understanding. They are designed to enhance cross-cultura1 and cross-gender awareness and promote harmony among all military members, their families, and the civilian workforce.

As of:  4 April 2014