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On Monday, January 18, we will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a National Day of Service. As we reflect on all that Dr. King accomplished in his life, I hope we recognize his dedication to serving others and strive to follow in his footsteps. Let us remember that Dr. King not only fought boldly for equality and opportunity for all, he focused on how he could best serve all Americans.

Every day, the Federal workforce fulfills its mission to serve the American people and gives back to communities throughout the nation. Whether it’s donating hundreds of thousands of pounds of food and household items to food banks all over the country, or donating millions of dollars to charities through the Combined Federal Campaign, Federal employees live up to the challenge Dr. King issued to all of us.

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MLK Day builds on that spirit of generosity. It is the only Federal holiday observed as a National Day of Service and is a day when we can all pledge to come together as a tribute to Dr. King’s legacy. He encouraged us to think of others by contributing our time and talents to serving others.

In 1957, Dr. King told an audience in Montgomery, Alabama, that, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Each one of us can help answer his question by pledging to serve next week. And by doing so, we will stand with him and honor his dedication to public service. Visit www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday to find out how you can volunteer to make a difference on the MLK Day of Service and throughout the year. Ask a friend, family member, or co-worker to join you on this special day.

In his 2015 MLK Day proclamation, the President said, “As we honor his legacy, Americans across the country will join one another for a day of service, picking up the baton handed to us by past generations and carrying forward their efforts. As one people, we will show when ordinary citizens come together to participate in the democracy we love, justice will not be denied.”

These words echo Dr. King’s philosophy and express the importance and the potential of the National Day of Service. Let us use Dr. King’s example of service to guide us as we continue to serve. By continuing to make service a part of our daily lives, we can help make Dr. King’s dream come alive.


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