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RMKS/1.  THE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. NATIONAL DAY OF OBSERVANCE WILL BE 
HELD ON 16 JANUARY 2012.

2.  DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY WAS ESTABLISHED BY PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN 
IN 1983.  THE FIRST OFFICIAL OBSERVANCE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY WAS 
HELD 15 JANUARY 1986, THE ANNIVERSARY OF DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY.  IN 1992, 
PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH PROCLAIMED THE FEDERAL HOLIDAY WOULD BE OBSERVED 
ON THE THIRD MONDAY OF JANUARY.  TO FURTHER HONOR DR. KING, THE DR. MARTIN 
LUTHER KING, JR. NATIONAL MEMORIAL WAS DEDICATED ON 16 OCTOBER 2011 AND IS THE 
FIRST MONUMENT DEDICATED TO AN AFRICAN AMERICAN ON THE NATIONAL MALL.
THE MONUMENT SERVES AS A PLACE OF REFLECTION ON DR. KING'S LIFE, TEACHINGS, 
AND VISION OF SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR ALL.  INDIVIDUALS CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. NATIONAL MEMORIAL AT THE NATIONAL MALL IN 
WASHINGTON, DC, AT HTTP://WWW.MLKMEMORIAL.ORG/.

3.  THE RECURRING THEME OF THIS OBSERVANCE, "REMEMBER! CELEBRATE!
 ACT! A DAY ON, NOT A DAY OFF," EMPOWERS US TO REFLECT ON THE TEACHINGS OF DR. 
KING AND CELEBRATE HIS LEADERSHIP THROUGH SERVICE.  ON THE 26TH ANNIVERSARY OF 
THE NATIONAL OBSERVANCE, THIS DAY IS A TIME FOR ALL AMERICANS TO HONOR THE 
LEGACY OF DR. KING'S SERVICE WHILE REFLECTING ON THE PRINCIPLES OF EQUALITY 
AND CIVIL RIGHTS THAT DR. KING CHAMPIONED.  DR. KING ADVOCATED THE DUTY OF 
EVERY AMERICAN TO BE BOTH A RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN AND CONSCIENTIOUS STEWARD OF 
FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY.  AS A HEROIC LEADER IN THE ADVANCEMENT OF CIVIL RIGHTS 
IN THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD, DR. KING ENCOURAGED EACH AMERICAN 
TO RECOGNIZE THAT TRUE STRENGTH AS A NATION LIES IN DIVERSITY OF TALENTS.  DR. 
KING CHALLENGED OUR NATION TO RECOGNIZE THAT OUR INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY RELIES 
UPON OUR COMMON EQUALITY AND HUMAN DIGNITY.  IN 1994, CONGRESS DESIGNATED THE 
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING,  JR.
FEDERAL HOLIDAY AS A NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE, AND TODAY IT IS THE  ONLY 
FEDERAL HOLIDAY OBSERVED AS SUCH.  MORE INFORMATION ON THE DR. MARTIN LUTHER 
KING, JR. DAY OF SERVICE CAN BE FOUND AT HTTP://MLKDAY.GOV/.
THROUGH OUR DEDICATED SERVICE, AT HOME AND AROUND THE WORLD, WE HONOR DR. 
KINGS LEGACY AND REAFFIRM OUR COMMON HUMANITY THROUGH OUR UNITED EFFORTS.

4.  ALL COMMANDS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO INCREASE THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND 
AWARENESS OF DR. KINGS CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMERICAN HISTORY AND  CIVIL RIGHTS 
THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN MILITARY AND COMMUNITY EVENTS.  EACH YEAR, AMERICANS 
ACROSS THE COUNTRY ANSWER DR. KING'S CALL TO SERVE BY COMING TOGETHER ON DR. 
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY TO SERVE THEIR NEIGHBORS THROUGH COMMUNITY 
SERVICE.  THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF SERVICE IS A PART OF UNITED WE 
SERVE, THE PRESIDENT'S NATIONAL  CALL TO SERVICE INITIATIVE.  MORE INFORMATION 
ON THE MARTIN LUTHER KING  DAY OF SERVICE, WHICH TRANSFORSMS DR. KING'S LIFE 
AND TEACHINGS INTO COMMUNITY ACTION TO SOLVE SOCIAL PROBLEMS, CAN BE FOUND AT 
HTTP://WWW.MLKDAY.GOV/ABOUT/SERVEONKINGDAY.PHP.
ADDITIONALLY, MORE INFORMATION ON DIVERSITY CONFERENCES, EVENTS, AND 
OBSERVANCES IS AVAILABLE AT THE NAVY DIVERSITY WEB SITE:
WWW.NAVY.MIL/LOCAL/CNP-DIVERSITY.

5.  POINT OF CONTACT IS ENS AMBER LYNN DANIEL, OPNAV N134, AT
(703) 604-5071 OR VIA E-MAIL AT AMBERLYNN.DANIEL(AT)NAVY.MIL.

6.  RELEASED BY VICE ADMIRAL S. R. VAN BUSKIRK, N1.//

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