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FORT LEE, Va. (Jan. 5, 2018) -- The Fort Lee community is invited to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 18, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., during an observance at the Lee Theater.

The annual program will be hosted by Golf Company, 244th Quartermaster Battalion, and the Installation Equal Opportunity Office.

First Sgt. Tamari Lewis, one of the planning officers for the event and G Co. first sergeant, said the ceremony honors the life of King and he encouraged the community to attend.

“King was a phenomenal leader. Some of the traits he possessed were intelligence, self-confidence and determination, which are identical among many who raised their right hand to serve in today’s military,” Lewis said. “I encourage all who have an opportunity to attend to do so. As MLK Jr. sacrificed so much to ensure equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their background, to bear witness to see and hear his ‘Dream’ come true at the theater will be a sight. Martin Luther King Jr. lived for 39 years, yet he made an impact on society that is as strong today as when he was alive. “

The guest speaker for the program is Rev. Robert A. Diggs Sr. He served in the Army as an Infantry officer and was called into the gospel ministry while in command at Fort Hood, Texas. Diggs retired in 1998 and received the Legion of Merit. He is actively involved in the local community.

There will be a choral performance by the Virginia State University choir and a food-tasting.

The long-running theme for the MLK remembrance is “Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off.”

“It’s a day to observe all of the great strides that Martin Luther King Jr. took to end segregation, as well as better all people as a whole,” said Sgt. 1st Class Luther Grayer, an equal opportunity advisor at CASCOM. “This event will help people understand the importance and impact that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had on not only African- Americans but also humanity as a whole.”