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Keeping the dream alive

Northwest Guardian

Published: 04:05PM January 21st, 2016
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream and life were honored at a ceremony Jan. 14 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The morning celebration, presented by I Corps, 7th Infantry Division and 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, brought a packed house to Carey Theater.

This year’s theme was “Remember, celebrate and act.” Every year, service members and their families are reminded that the third Monday in January is a day to act, not just a day off work and school.

At the JBLM celebration, Chaplain (Col.) William Green Jr. read from King’s 1963 Lincoln Memorial speech. Green went on to speak about the importance of remembering the past in order to celebrate and help move our communities forward.

“I also have a dream that we can continue this legacy of using love,” Green said. “That some day we won’t need resources like SHARP (Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention) to combat the evil things happening in the world. That on this day we can remember the past to ensure history never repeats itself. That we can stand hand-in-hand and link our arms to ensure that this beloved community of JBLM makes the future better.”

He asked everyone in the theater and community to help make this dream a reality. Green received a standing ovation from the crowded theater at the end of his speech.

The Grace Gospel Choir sang “No Man Can Hinder Me” and “What if God” with rhythm from tapping their feet, clapping their hands and humming.

Both Green and the choir received an appreciation award from the 201st EMI Bde.

Colonel Constantin E. Nicolet, 201st EMI Bde. commander, said honoring the past is an important part of this month.

“Let’s carry on Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of kindness, fostering trust and infinite respect for each other,” he said. “This is what his dream encompassed, and it is a large part of the American dream we are here to fight for.”

During the celebration, there was also a slideshow of King throughout his life with words lifted from his speeches. King was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta. The date has become a day of remembrance for the man and his legacy. He is known for leading peaceful protests to fight for African-American civil rights.

To find service projects in honor of MLK Day throughout the month, visit MLKDay.gov.