This year marks the thirtieth national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. It is an occasion for people to remember Dr. King's remarkable life, to rededicate ourselves to implementing his dreams and to stand united by his principles of unity and equality. Through his caring leadership, Dr. King rallied people from all walks of life and awoke a nation to the need for equality, tolerance and justice.

On this day of national community service, which commemorates Dr. King's lasting legacy, let us remain mindful of our endeavor to promote diversity, foster inclusive behavior and demonstrate infinite respect for others. When we celebrate Dr. King's dream, we celebrate the American dream.

We ask our entire Army Family to commemorate this occasion by joining in activities to help others in need. That includes volunteering to feed the hungry, mentoring at-risk youth and so many other similar projects designed to build the beloved community of Dr. King's dream - a place where we stand proudly together in service to our Nation and one another. Army Strong!