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Many of us remember key events in our lives that are inextricably linked to a date. Some are associated with holidays such as the 4th of July as our Independence Day or days of national tragedy like the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. There are other events with unfamiliar dates, but which have had profound impact on our American society.

One such date is August 28, 1963. On that Wednesday in Washington, D.C., a young Georgia minister delivered a speech to people assembled in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" spoke of the promise of America that is the inheritance of its citizens, regardless of race, religion, or national origin. Dr. King's words, which we have heard resounding over the decades, became the catalyst for change in America and marked by the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Last year our nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and continues America's quest to embrace Dr. King's Dream. On January 19, 2014, our community will host its 25th year commemoration of his birthday with a short march in downtown Carlisle, followed by an ecumenical service at First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Over the course of this month, you will see notices of the January 19, 2014 event with the theme, "Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day of Service: United We Serve to Realize the Dream!" Community members and organizations will have the opportunity to gather and demonstrate support for those ideals, which are rooted in American values. Our commemoration committee invites you to be part of this celebration within our Carlisle community.

You can track the work of the your community-based committee on Facebook by following http://www.facebook.com/#!/CarlisleMartinLutherKingCommemoration

"Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day of Service: United We Serve to Realize the Dream!"

CHARLES ALLEN,Co-chair, Carlisle

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