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Viewpoint: Buckley reflects on Martin Luther King Jr.

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.--Members of team Buckley attend the Dr. Martin Luther king Jr Holiday event at the base chapel, Jan 14, 2011. During the event Chaplain, Capt. Gary Coburn shared his story of growing up during the same era as Dr. King.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.--Members of team Buckley attend the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Holiday event at the base chapel, Jan 14, 2011. During the event Chaplain (Capt.) Gary Coburn shared his story of growing up during the same era as Dr. King. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- Members of team Buckley bow their heads for a brief benediction at the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday event, Jan 14, 2011. Members of all races, religious backgrounds and age gathered together in remembrance of  the legendary man who had a dream. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- Members of team Buckley bow their heads for a brief benediction at the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday event, Jan 14, 2011. Members of all races, religious backgrounds and age gathered together in remembrance of the legendary man who had a dream. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.--Chaplain Capt. Gary Coburn speaks to members of team Buckley at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday event, Jan. 14, 2011. Capt. Coburn spoke about his experiences growing up during the time of racism and Dr. King.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- Chaplain (Capt). Gary Coburn speaks to members of team Buckley at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday event, Jan. 14, 2011. Chaplain Coburn spoke about his experiences growing up during the time of racism and Dr. King. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- Airman 1st Class Stephanie Reese from the 460th Operations Support Squadron sings the National Anthem at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr day observance, Jan. 14, 2011. Airman Reese also sang a beautiful rendition of "If You Want Me to"  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- Airman 1st Class Stephanie Reese from the 460th Operations Support Squadron sings the National Anthem at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr day observance, Jan. 14, 2011. Airman Reese also sang a beautiful rendition of "If You Want Me to" (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- 460th Space Wing Vice Commander Col. Trent Pickering bows his head for a short benediction at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday event, Jan. 14, 2011. The guest speaker at the event was Chaplain, Capt. Gary Coburn. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- 460th Space Wing Vice Commander Col. Trent Pickering bows his head for a short benediction at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday event, Jan. 14, 2011. The guest speaker at the event was Chaplain (Capt.) Gary Coburn. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Manisha Vasquez)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- When looking at someone, speaking with them and getting to know them, the first thought that comes to mind is not if they have experienced a form of racism or if someone they know has been a victim of racism or discrimination. Well for some, that was the reality they were faced with. Until one day, a man with a dream spoke up about the changes that needed to take place, that we should all be treated equally.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was that brave man who wanted to see a change, which some thought would never happen. Unfortunately Dr. King would never see that change. On the evening of April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while standing on the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march, he was only thirty-five years old.

Today we live in a world that Dr. King could only dream about, a world where we live together, integrated and open to other races, religions and cultural backgrounds. So in honor of this historic and brave individual, we set aside a day, to honor Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. and everything he strived for.
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