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Unity Day 2015

Chief Warrant Officer Jennings serves Latin American food samples at Unity Day May 21 at the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore. Unity Day has existed since 2006. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Enjoli M. Saunders/RELEASED)

Chief Warrant Officer Jennings serves Latin American food samples at Unity Day May 21 at the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore. Unity Day has existed since 2006. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Enjoli M. Saunders/RELEASED)

Chief Master Sgt. Vogel reaches for information from the child and youth program booth at Unity Day May 21 at the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore. Unity Day has existed since 2006. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Enjoli M. Saunders/RELEASED)

Chief Master Sgt. Vogel reaches for information from the child and youth program booth at Unity Day May 21 at the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore. Unity Day has existed since 2006. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Enjoli M. Saunders/RELEASED)

Senior Master Sgt. Johnson and Tech. Sgt. Loucas converse after sampling different ethnic foods at Unity Day May 21 at the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore. Unity Day has existed since 2006. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Enjoli M. Saunders/RELEASED)

Senior Master Sgt. Johnson and Tech. Sgt. Loucas converse after sampling different ethnic foods at Unity Day May 21 at the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore. Unity Day has existed since 2006. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Enjoli M. Saunders/RELEASED)

BALTIMORE -- The 10th annual Unity Day was hosted by the Maryland National Guard and Maryland Military Department May 21 at the 5th Regiment Armory.  

Unity Day was established to enhance cross-cultural awareness and promote harmony among all members and retirees of the Maryland National Guard, Maryland Air National Guard and Maryland Military Department.

Army Maj. Gay Williams has organized the event for the last five years. This was the last Unity Day Williams will arrange because she will be retiring May 31, after 35 years of service.

"It is a bittersweet feeling," said Williams. "This was my passion. However, I must turn it over to another blessed individual. It is time to open the next chapter of my life but I will still come and enjoy the festivities." 

Unity Day consisted of the 229th Army Jazz Band, line dancing, singing, ethnic food samples and cultural exhibit booths that observed all aspects of cultural diversity.

Booths included heritage from African American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Latin American and Native American cultures. Disability Employment Awareness and Women's History also had booths that provided information on how to support the groups.

"Unity Day is a wonderful event that I will always support and continue to encourage participation from everyone," said Williams. "To the privileged person that will be taking over, I ask that you always be approachable, sincere and a great listener."