“A Day on, not a day off”
By Staff Sgt. Candice Compton, 28th Bomb Wing Equal Opportunity Office
/ Published January 11, 2011
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE -- With the New Year already here, Jan. 17 is approaching fast.
Some may recognize it as just another federal holiday; for others it is a day to celebrate much more.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the holiday recognizing one of America's greatest heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who is often remembered for his famous "I Have a Dream" speech given at the march on Washington D.C. in 1963.
Dr. King was the voice of change for people who felt voiceless. He fought for minorities, underpaid workers and anyone who felt adverse civil treatment. Dr. King was a leader who did not care about politics; he cared about invoking change to ensure all people are treated equally.
Although Dr. King was assassinated, his character and dream did not die. He became an icon and a legend for his selfless accomplishments during the Civil Rights Era and beyond.
Throughout the years, the nation has taken great strides to promote fair treatment and equal opportunity. And while significant progress has been made in this area, the efforts forward should continue. Dr. King once said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
In an effort to promote freedom, fairness, and equality, Jan. 17 is a great occasion for one and all to honor Dr. King's legacy by giving back.
Each year, the holiday holds the same theme: "A Day On, Not a Day Off". As America's service members use this day and seek ways to serve the community, they should remember the example set by Dr. King. Motivate people to get involved, break down barriers, create solutions to social problems within their control and ensure Dr. King did not die in vain.
By taking these, and other selfless actions, the dream of Dr. King is kept alive.