Community challenged to honor King by giving back

Story and photos by Derek Gean
Community editor

The Fort Leonard Wood community just returned from a long weekend celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., but before the weekend began, community members were challenged to make it one of service during the installation’s holiday observance Thursday at Nutter Field House.

Antiqua Bradley-Hunter, principal of Wood Elementary School, used the Noncommissioned Officer’s Academy  hosted event’s theme “Remember, Celebrate, Act – A Day On, Not a Day Off,” as an opportunity to challenge people to serve and make a difference.

Prior to Bradley-Hunter’s speech, Sgt. Christiana Ball, 2013 Operation Rising Star, sang “Up to the Mountain,” as a tribute to King.

Command Sgt. Maj. Curtis Johnson, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Noncommissioned Officers Academy commandant, celebrated the strides the nation has made since the civil rights movement as he introduced Bradley-Hunter.

“Although…