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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, January 18 2013

Today's Focus:

Martin Luther King Day

Senior Leaders are Saying

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous quote on service

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

What They're Saying

His Soldiers were everything to him. They were his family. He was more worried about them not coming home than himself.

- Audrey R. Shaw, widow of Staff Sgt. Eric B. Shaw, speaks about her late husband's dedication to his band of brothers, at a posthumous Distinguished Service Cross award ceremony hosted by Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Forces Command

Soldier posthumously awarded Distinguished Service Cross

A Culture of Engagement


150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

January 2013

COMING SOON: Redesigned STAND-TO! website:

Jan. 21: Martin Luther King's Birthday (NO STAND-TO!)


Black History Month- Visit website: African Americans in the U.S. Army

National Patient Recognition Month

Feb. 18: President's Day Holiday (NO STAND-TO!)

Feb. 20- 22- AUSA's ILW Winter Symposium & Exposition

Today's Focus

Martin Luther King Day

What is it?

Dr. King was one of the driving forces behind the American Civil Rights Movement and remains an iconic figure in the world today as the representative of a national movement that changed America. Federal offices, schools and banks across America close on the third Monday of January to celebrate his birth, life and dream and to honor his teachings of nonviolence and equal rights. When we celebrate Dr. King's dream, we celebrate the American Dream.

What has the Army done?

Army leadership has asked our entire Army family, our Soldiers, civilians, and their families, to lift each other up at home and around the world. Leaders have also encouraged our Army family to commemorate this occasion by joining in community activities to help those in need and by planning events that celebrate the hard work of Dr. King and our resulting national fulfillment of the promise of the American Dream.

Why is this important to the Army?

As we celebrate, we have the opportunity to honor Dr. King's legacy of service by reaching out and taking each other's hands to work together to empower individuals, to strengthen communities, and to inspire the nations of our world. On this day of national community service, Americans of every age and background continue the work of our greatest civil rights leaders by contributing to projects that move us closer to the bright vision in which all Americans enjoy the riches that come from freedom and the security that is borne of justice.

What is planned for the future?

We emphasize the value the Army places on diversity. We are Army Strong because we not only place great value in having different perspectives, approaches, and skills but also because we value having ethnic and cultural diversity. Throughout the year, we will celebrate and commemorate the diversity of our Army and leverage and draw strength from the rich diversity within our military and civilian ranks by recognizing the critical roles we all play in strengthening our nation's presence around the world.


The Martin Luther King Jr. Center
Martin Luther King Jr. - Day of Service
African Americans in the U.S. Army/a

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