Events

January 17, 2014

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrated during FH observance

Tags:
Gabrielle Kuholski
Staff Writer

From left, Military Intelligence Corps Band members Staff Sgt. Dnard Edwards, Sgt. Jamie Jones, Sgt. Christopher Goodman, Sgt. Stephen Brinkman and Spc. Johnanthony Demaio perform a musical selection during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Tuesday at Thunder Mountain Activity Centre.

The Fort Huachuca Military Equal Opportunity Office, or MEO, and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, or USAICoE, celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a day early as Soldiers and Civilians gathered in the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre Tuesday. The observance coincided with Martin Luther King Day, or MLK Day, this Monday.

While many will take off work in observance of this national holiday, the ceremony theme described MLK Day as, “Remember, Celebrate, Act: It’s Not a Day Off, It’s a Day On.”

“This day is marked to remember and remind ourselves that the March on Washington was about the hardship of all races and genders in the face of prejudice, bigotry, intolerance and hatred,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffery Fairley, USAICoE command sergeant major, in his opening remarks. “I would like to challenge you to join with me today as we take the next 60 minutes to pause and reflect on the sacrifices and efforts that brought about the wave of change for the advancement of equality over the course of 10 long years.”

According to Sgt. 1st Class Shontavious Wilkerson, MEO representative, attendees should take away from the observance that King fought for the equality and unity of all races, not just one, and he did so in a peaceful manner.

Demonstrating that peace and unity during the observance, Soldiers of the Military Intelligence Corps Band performed the songs, “We Shall Overcome” and “Amazing Grace.”

Adding to the sense of community, five students from Colonel Smith Middle School recited an excerpt from King’s speech, “I Have a Dream.” Representing General Myer Elementary School, Alondra Oliveras Hernandez also presented a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. poem.

“We were trying to find a way to show the diversity and unity and we figure, what better way than through children who are innocent,” explained Sgt. 1st Class Federico Molinar, MEO representative. “They don’t see each other as color or gender — they’re just friends.”

The guest speaker was Toyier Foster, senior pastor of The Radical Church in Sierra Vista. Foster’s speech took the audience back in time from the 1800s to the present day, highlighting the nation’s progression of race and gender equality.

“Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. He spoke that dream in front of a reflecting pool at the Washington Monument,” Foster said. “I envision him looking down the mall at the hundreds of thousands of onlookers and, while he spoke, he gazed upon the reflecting pool and saw a reflection of the America that we could be. Today in the year 2014, we find that the dream has come into fruition.”

Closing the observance, the guest speaker and students received awards for their volunteerism and participation. Lunch was served after the ceremony.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Maranda Flynn

Sergeant Major of the Army talks Fort Huachuca’s leadership, success in Army’s future

Maranda Flynn Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III speaks to Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Soldiers about battle buddy safety during a town hall meeting held at Cochise Theater, Aug. 20. As force reduction kicks into gear, Soldier...
 
 

Celebrating Women’s Equality Day — 2014

The Nation’s Annual Observance of Women’s Equality Day commemorates the addition of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees women the right to vote. This victory moved our Nation forward on the path towards equal civil and political rights for all Americans. The roles of women in the Army have changed dramatically since 1775....
 
 
Courtesy of the International Military Student Office

IMSO plays integral part in international students’ lives here

Courtesy of the International Military Student Office International military students meet U.S. Representative Ron Barber while taking a week-long trip to Washington D.C. The trip was organized by the International Military Stu...
 

 

New 35Q course offered at Fort Huachuca NCOA

The new Cryptologic Network Warfare Analyst Advanced Leader Course, ALC, resumed its second cycle of classes this month at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, NCOA. The 288-hour, small group-led ALC prepares noncommissioned officers to assume supervisory roles in cyber analysis and operation elements. Upon completion, Soldiers should be able to apply critical thinking while supervising and...
 
 
Lisa Ferdinando

Army focuses on good energy stewardship to protect mission

Lisa Ferdinando Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, speaks at a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., April 10, 2013. WASHINGTON — The Army is focused on being a good ...
 
 

Under Secretary challenges Army senior leaders to revamp Civilian career management

ARLINGTON, Va. — During a two-day session at the Pentagon last month, approximately 30 members of the Senior Executive Service, or SES, gathered to discuss how to improve Civilian career development. Army Under Secretary Brad Carson hosted the event, which was meant to help shape policy changes regarding how the Army hires, trains, develops and...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin