The Navy base will hold its annual commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday this month, as part of an overall Department of Defense celebration.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) Diversity Council will host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Ceremony on Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. in the Long Glass Conference Center.
Event guest speaker is Rev. Rufus Wood Jr., a local civil rights leader and pastor in Panama City. This year's remembrance theme is: Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not a Day Off!
"I truly was grateful to receive unhesitant acceptance of invitation from Rev. Dr. Rufus Wood Jr. to serve in capacity as our keynote speaker for our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance celebrations for the second consecutive year," said Jermaine L. Kennedy, research physicist/scientist U.S. Navy, Naval Surface Warfare Center Littoral Acoustics & Target Physics Branch. "... We are truly grateful to receive his upcoming message at our observance event."
Only selected visitors will be allowed on the base for the service.
Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January every year. In 1994, to further commemorate a man who lived his life in service to others, Congress transformed the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday into a national day of community service.
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