By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Monday, we will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day in recognition of a visionary hero with a courageous voice who called for the social equality so deeply rooted in our nation’s founding principles.
We celebrate a man and a movement that transformed our country and helped to align our reality closer with the idea that all people are created equal.
When the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream with the world atop the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he gave a mighty voice to our founding ideals.
Few could have imagined that nearly half a century later, his iconic profile would be forever memorialized in stone, standing tall and gazing outward, not far from where he stirred the nation’s collective conscience to action.
In summoning a generation to recognize the universal threat of injustice everywhere, Dr. King’s example has proven that those who love their country can change it for the better.
This holiday is also known as MLK Day of Service. Dr. King had a passion for serving others, and, on this day, we encourage you to find ways to serve others within your community as a way of honoring and remembering this great man and the impact he had on our country. And, no matter your plans for the long weekend, we also ask that you remain vigilant and practice safety in all that you do. Every member of our team is critical to our success in training and leading Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen.
As a team of teams, we are committed to achieving Dr. King’s principles of unity and respect. Please serve honorably, have fun, and be mindful of everyone’s safety. We are proud to serve with you.
Victory starts here…victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)