1/13/2012 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force:
As America commemorates the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., we call upon all Airmen to reflect on Dr. King's enduring legacy and on the importance of service in the cause of justice, equality and freedom.
A prominent leader in the U.S. civil rights movement, Dr. King rallied our Nation to live up to the promise of full equality under the law, without regard to race, color or creed. Although his life was cut short in 1968 by an assassin's bullet, the example of Dr. King's leadership continues to inspire people all over the world who are engaged in the struggle for freedom, justice and human dignity.
As we strive to build on Dr. King's legacy today, we have a responsibility to ensure that all Americans enjoy their birthright to equal opportunity and constitutional protections. Each of our unique backgrounds, knowledge, skills and experiences reflect a diversity that is one of our Nation's greatest strengths. Air Force leaders therefore are committed to creating an environment that promotes mutual respect and trust and brings together different backgrounds and perspectives to benefit Air Force mission effectiveness. Embracing each Airman's talents, perspectives and capabilities will help build and sustain a diverse, inclusive and welcoming culture that strengthens our Service.
Dr. King's life of service demonstrates the power within each of us to create positive change. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we encourage you to pause and consider the lasting impact of Dr. King's ideals and their continuing relevance today.
1/17/2012 3:50:29 PM ET A monument in the neoclassical style would have been much more appropriate. The stone and mountain metaphor will get old in a generation or so.
Sgt Peanut, near dc
1/17/2012 1:16:12 PM ET This is an awesome display of creativity. The person who made this did an awesome job. Everyone should remember that no matter what color or race, Dr King was he was truly a leader to everyone. The priciples that he believed in affects everyone.
1/17/2012 9:44:22 AM ET Is the picture above of a real statue or is that just someone's creative sand work...
1/17/2012 8:24:40 AM ET What an awesome Memorial the Washington DC Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial is if you haven't had an opportunity to see it you must put it on your bucket list. Mr. Harry E Johnson Sr did a wonderful job on insisting that this memorial be placed on the Smithsonian National Mall...kudos to all who donated to this cause and who continue to fight for civil rights of all people especially the military.
deneen, Ft Meade
1/17/2012 8:12:13 AM ET Thank You Dr. King. You dedicated your life to showing this nation God's original intent for us. Although you were persecuted you endured even til death. I am grateful for your sacrifice. Praying for this Nation and Serving It Proudly. USAF
Ms Charlie Jupiter, McGuire AFB
1/13/2012 12:06:34 PM ET The key word service Know that the honor of serving your fellow Airman and letting them imbue the same feeling is the lifeblood of Air Force strength. Thanks for this article on MLK he exemplifies this peace multiplier.
Alan F. Schechter CMSgt US Air Force Retired, Munich Germany