HOHENFELS, Germany — Hohenfels honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his extraordinary contributions to the American civil rights movement at a ceremony at the Post Theater on Jan. 22.
Guest speaker Mr. Kenneth McKoy, Joint Multinational Readiness Center protocol specialist, said he felt it was important on a day that some might think of as just another day off, to take time to reflect on what an impact King had on our nation.
Citing examples from King’s life and achievements, McKoy related King’s message to the Army core values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.
“Many in our society look up to service members and their families as examples of ‘living the good life’ because they see military families enjoying the benefits of having diverse groups of friends,” McKoy said. “They also see racial harmony amongst all races forming the strongest team in the world the US Military.”
“You make sacrifices for our nation that you probably just take for granted,” he said.
When speaking of King’s personal courage during the civil rights movement — suffering abuse, attacks and eventual assassination — McKoy challenged each one to “Remember, Celebrate and Act”.
Act by simply showing people of all races that we as a nation can “love more and hate less,” he said.
“Dr. King’s efforts were for everyone,” said McKoy. “His obligation was that all who suffered from inequality, to see that they were treated equal.”