Fort AP Hill Commander Message for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance

LTC Dargle, CMD PhotoMonday, 21 January 2013, marks our observance of the great life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A driving force behind the American civil rights movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s, we continue to celebrate Dr. King’s life and dream of advancing equality, opportunity and social justice. We mark his birthday by commemorating and committing ourselves to his belief in justice and universal equality. Through great faith and unwavering perseverance, Dr. King changed the course of our Nation forever. He lived by the measure “What are you doing for others?” — an ideal that resonates in both our personal and collective AP Hill values.

Since 1994, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has been set aside as a national day of service. It also is part of United We Serve, President Obama’s national call to Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

“The time is always right to do what is right,” Dr. King proclaimed, calling on each of us to make a difference through shared responsibility and service within their community. Dr. King challenged us to do our part in breaking down barriers, serving others, and reaching out to those in need. There are three key messages that Dr. King passed on to us that we should all take pause to reflect on, consider, and apply in our lives, not just today, but everyday:

1. You Are Special- Celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. remembering that what makes you special is what’s on the inside, not how we look on the outside.

2. Love Everyone- It can be hard for us to truly comprehend what our nation was like and how segregated it was at one point in our history. We should always serve and treat others how we want to be treated. Treat everyone with absolute dignity and respect and it will come back to you double.

3. Keep on Dreaming- Dr. King stood up for what was right and kept fighting for his dream. Take pause to think about your own dreams and continue to persevere to make those dreams a reality.

As we observe this special day, I strongly encourage you to participate in commemorative events and to take an active role in your community.

To support your planning efforts and facilitate your safe movement to observe this holiday period, I authorize early departure, up to 59-minutes, on Friday , 18 January 2013 for the Fort AP Hill Staff and Workforce. Director Heads will execute all necessary administrative actions to support this IAW higher policy and regulations as well as ensuring all mission requirements are satisfied prior to release. Directors report status for execution to DGC NLT 1200 on 18 JAN 2013.

Thank you again for your selfless service to our great Nation. Enjoy this holiday, but remember to always play it safe.

“Bring Hill Up!!!”

Peter E. Dargle
USAG Fort A.P. Hill Commander

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