Monday, 20 January 2014, marks our annual observance of the great life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A driving force behind the American civil rights movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s, we celebrate Dr. King’s life and dream of advancing equality, opportunity and social stice. With great respect and honor, 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 individual and collective AP Hill Family values.
“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 our 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 Dr. King passed on to us that we should all take time to reflect on, consider, and apply in our lives:
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 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 display the fortitude and commitment 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. Please remember to follow the fundamental rules to stay safe; watch your speed, keep an eye on the weather, use seatbelts, do not text while driving, watch weariness, and have a plan for a designated driver if consuming alcohol. Plan your trip using the Travel Risk Planning System at https://safety.army.mil.
Additionally, we recognize that the challenges around us continue to apply stress in our daily lives. If you find a friend, coworker or Family member struggling, intervene and help get them the support they need. If you find yourself needing help, do not hesitate to seek assistance through your chain of command — we are all here to help.
On behalf of the entire Command Team, Thank You for your selfless service to our great Nation and the Warriors we support at AP Hill.
“Bring Hill Up!!!”
Peter E. Dargle
USAG Fort A.P. Hill Commander