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MLK Jr. celebration set for Jan. 15
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Members of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day committee gather around as Col. Lester A. Weilacher, 66th Air Base Group commander, signs a proclamation on Jan. 8 for Hanscom to hold a special observance to honor civil rights activist. The observance will take place Jan. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the base chapel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rick Berry)
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MLK Jr. celebration set for Jan. 15

Posted 1/10/2013   Updated 1/10/2013 Email story   Print story

    


by Sarah Olaciregui
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs


1/10/2013 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- A celebration to remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Jan. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the base chapel.

The event will feature an "I Have a Dream" speech reenactment and an excerpt from "The Mountain Top" speech by Timothy Martin, a 66th Security Forces Squadron employee. Retired Col. Clarence Dixon will provide the invocation and welcome. United Voices of New England will perform special music. In addition, retired Lt. Col. Edward Briggs will serve as the guest speaker.

Briggs was drafted by the Air Force in 1951 and deferred until completing his degree in 1955. He received a master's degree in Aerospace Operations Management from the University of Southern California, European Extension Division, in 1966. He retired from the Air Force Medical Service Corps on July 31, 1976. Early in his Air Force career, Briggs met King and attended some of his sermons.

This year's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance will reflect the theme: "Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not a Day Off!"

In November 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law declaring the third Monday in January as a federal holiday honoring King, a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist. Since that time, individuals and organizations across the country have observed King's role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens, the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Following the MLK ceremony, attendees are invited to the chapel annex for light refreshments. For further information, contact Janet Larsen at 781-255-6195.



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1/19/2013 8:13:46 AM ET
Exceptionally well-done performances by each participant inspiring music singing and personal experiences along with MLK's speech I have a dream made for a memorable celebration. The fellowship and refreshments also were plentiful and enjoyable.
Retired Air Force, Acton
 
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