CAMP ZAMA, Japan (March 28, 2018) - U.S. Army Japan's Headquarters and Headquarters Company held an observance to commemorate Women's History Month March 23 in the Camp Zama Community Club.

In 1980, President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8, 1980 as National Women's History Week to recognize, honor, and celebrate the achievements of American women, and in 1987, Congress declared the entire month of March as National Women's History Month, according to National Women's History Project's website.

Students from Zama American Middle-High School Drama and Chorus Class showcased choreographed dances and musical performances to highlight several American women's achievements to kick-off the observance.

Andrew Lewis, seventh-grader at ZAMHS, who was in the choreographed dance team, said it was very educational and inspirational for him to learn what women have done while practicing commemorative dance, choreography and singing songs.

At the end of the performance, the students invited women in uniform from the audience to sing a national anthem with them to honor what they do day in and day out for the nation.

Gustacia Gabriel, program manager for USARJ Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, who was keynote speaker for the observance, said, "Women are role models as we have proven throughout our history."

Gabriel said a program like this is a great idea and important for young girls and boys to know they can have role models that are women.

Gabriel would like the young generations to remember that goals can be reached despite the odds if they never give up.