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Martin Luther King Day

martinlutherMartin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday, marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The day is observed each year on the third Monday of January, which is around the time of Dr. King’s actual birth date of January 15. 

After ten years of rejection Congress finally passed a bill in 1983 establishing a holiday in honor of Dr. King. President Ronald Regan, in his proclamation speech, defended King’s worthiness of the honor: “This year marks the first observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a national holiday. It is a time for rejoicing and reflecting. We rejoice because, in his short life, Dr. King, by his preaching, his example, and his leadership, helped to move us closer to the ideals on which America was founded. He challenged us to make real the promise of America as a land of freedom, equality, opportunity, and brotherhood.” At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. 

The day was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in the year 2000. 

Are You Coping With the Loss of a Loved One?


candlesIf you are coping with loss of a loved one, you are invited to a special candle lighting event designed to bring peace and inspiration. 

January 30, 2019 10 a.m.
Council on Aging
Barney E. Veal Center for All Generations

700 Generation Point

For more information or to RSVP call Carmen at 407-483-1473

This event is Free and Open to the Public.
Limited Seating. A light meal will be served.