Ho'okele Staff | Apr 07, 2017
Managing Editor, Ho’okele
Leaders from Navy Region Hawaii and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) signed a proclamation poster in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month during a pinwheel planting ceremony at JBPHH, April 3.
The event was hosted by the Military and Family Support Center (MFSC. April is the month that celebrates the lives touched and those who have touched yours by honoring them with a pinwheel, which symbolizes the great childhoods all children deserve because our children are our future.
During the event, participants gathered around to listen to proclamation remarks, followed by the proclamation signing and pinwheel planting.
“This month, we wear blue to remember the children affected by child abuse and neglect, and as a reminder to make the commitment to end child abuse. We plant blue pinwheels as a whimsical and uplifting symbol of the childhood every child deserves,” said Melanie D’Andrea, training instructor for personal and family life education at MFSC.
“As a community we can eliminate child abuse and neglect by taking a stand and getting involved by leading by example, demonstrate positive parenting, build up self-esteem of the children around us, and foster resiliency in families through strong community support systems.”
Adm. John Fuller, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, provided closing remarks and thanked the military and civilian community in attendance.
“Recently the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson reminded us there must be no bystanders when it comes to how we treat each other—and that includes our children. We don’t stand by, we stand up to protect everyone in our ohana. Let’s imagine a world with no bystanders, where everyone lives with honor, respect and courage—and with commitment to do the right thing,” Fuller said.
“The pinwheels stand as a reminder of the joy children should experience in childhood—our ongoing commitment to protect and defend our ohana.”