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Martin Luther King, Jr., remembrance at Lajes Jan. 18
In celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Team Lajes will gather Jan. 18 at the Top of the Rock Club from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 per person and can be purchased from unit representatives.
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Martin Luther King, Jr., remembrance at Lajes Jan. 18

Posted 1/9/2013   Updated 1/9/2013 Email story   Print story

    


by Tech. Sgt. Candice Compton
65th Air Base Wing Equal Opportunity


1/9/2013 - LAJES FIELD, Azores -- With the New Year already here, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Day, Jr. Day, is fast approaching. Some may recognize it as just another federal holiday; for others it is a day to celebrate much more.

This holiday recognizes one of America's greatest heroes who is often remembered for his famous "I Have a Dream" speech given at the March on Washington D.C. Aug. 28, 1963.

In celebrating the life of King, Team Lajes will gather Jan. 18 at the Top of the Rock Club from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 per person and can be purchased from unit representatives.

"The Martin Luther King event is an opportunity for remembrance of the achievements of Dr. King as well as an opportunity to reflect on history," said Capt. Lateasa Reed, 65th Medical Operations Squadron. Reed serves as the chairperson of the MLK committee.

King was the voice of change for people who felt voiceless. He fought for minorities, underpaid workers and anyone who felt adverse civil treatment. He was a leader who did not care about politics; he cared about invoking change to ensure all people are treated equally.

Although King was assassinated, his character and dream did not die. He became an icon and a legend for his selfless accomplishments during the Civil Rights Era and beyond.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," said King.

Throughout the years, the nation has taken great strides to promote fair treatment and equal opportunity. Although significant progress has been made in this area, efforts continue to move forward.

"In an effort to promote freedom, fairness, and equality, Jan. 21 is not just a day off, but a day for all to honor his legacy," said Reed.



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