Martin Luther King Remembered

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People remembered the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in special services Friday in Lauderdale County.

The chapel at NAS Meridian was filled for a traditional tribute to the slain civil rights leader.

Guest speaker, First Sgt. Michael Chapple of MATSS-1 at NAS Meridian, reflected on how far we have come since the turmoil of the fifties and sixties, but says there is still work to be done.

"My message today was to keep his dream alive. We have come a long way but we still have a lot of work to do," he said.

Chapple said that, in order for Dr. King's dream to be realized, we must all work together to get rid of poverty, illiteracy, and homelessness.

A similar ceremony took place at Meridian Community College.

Vel Young, the first African American assistant district attorney in Lauderdale County, was the keynote speaker.

Young talked about how making the dream become reality means everyone has to work together.

"You have to work together in your home. You have to work together in your jobs. You have to in every aspect of your life. Dr. King's dream was an all-inclusive one, and we've got to get to a point where we're definitely all-inclusive."

Two middle school students who were winners of an essay contest about Dr. King got to read those essays during the ceremony.