By Sgt Tamika Exom (ARSOUTH)March 8, 2012
In observance of MLK Day, the men and women of Army South were treated to a ceremony in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in which excerpts of his writings and speeches were recited, including his well known, "I have a Dream" speech.
"A Day on, Not a Day Off!" is the Army's theme for this year's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The Army is encouraging personnel to focus on community service. "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?,'" said Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.
The MLK Day of Service is part of President Barack Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. A key focus in 2012 is connecting the holiday observance to long term efforts having a lasting impact on six critical national issues: education; veterans and military families; environmental stewardship; disaster preparedness; economic opportunity and healthy futures.
Dr. King is best known for his central role in the American Civil Rights Movement as the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism. He devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice and opportunity for all Americans.
The observance of MLK Day provides the Army family with not only an opportunity to celebrate Dr. King's contributions to our country, but to reflect on the strength in our commitment to service and each other.
Soldiers can visit the following websites to find out more about MLK Day activities in San Antonio:
http://mlkday.gov/serve/find.php to find a project in your community or register your own project so that volunteers can find it.