NAS Meridian Remembers Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A commemorative service was held at NAS Meridian in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The chapel was packed for the speeches, readings and singing that were part of the annual program.

Program chair Yvette Neal says she wanted to make it an event that would make Dr. King himself proud.

"Dr. King believed in equality and justice for all, and with that we brought in a group of very diverse individuals and put on a great program for the base," said Neal.

Lt. Commander Doug Johnson was the guest speaker and he spoke of inspiration. He said that we don't have to do grand gestures to inspire, but rather something as simple as giving your time to another.

"When I was thinking about the words for my speech I wanted it to relay what I thought embodied Dr. King's message and that was the message of inspiration," said Johnson. "So I wanted to share with the audience that we all have a responsibility to inspire one another."

Other events coming up will be held in honor of Dr. King.

A candlelight march will be held Sunday evening at 6:30. Participants will meet at the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive/31st Avenue and 16th Street. The march will end at First Union Missionary Baptist Church, 610 38th Avenue.

The Meridian/Lauderdale County NAACP will host its annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Breakfast Monday at 8 a.m. at the Boys & Girls Club on 45th Avenue.

The Martin Luther King Parade will take place Monday in downtown Meridian, beginning at 12:00 noon. It will be followed by a program on the Meridian City Hall lawn.

The Annual MLK Scholarship Gala will be held Jan. 25 at the MSU Riley Center.