Friday, October 15, 2010

Tap tap tap - the sound of independence

Today, October 15th, is nationally observed as White Cane Safety Day. Hawaii's community of the blind and visually impaired gathered at the State Capitol this morning to celebrate their achievements and accomplishments and to show their independence with a march around the capitol building. The Honolulu Police Department was also here to support the effort.

Rep. John Mizuno

In 1964, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution authorizing the President to proclaim October 15th of each year as White Cane Safety Day. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the proclamation within hours of its passage. The white cane is a symbol of independence.

If you hear the tapping of someone's white cane today, acknowledge that person's effort to be independent and their will to stay a contributing member of our community.

Rep. Mizuno and Senator Suzanne Chun-Oakland marching

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