The message of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. resonates in the hearts of U.S. servicemembers everywhere.

“An individual has not started living fully until they can rise above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity,” he said in his “Conquering Self-Centeredness” speech in 1957.

Like servicemembers do, King urged all people to give more to the world than to themselves.

Since his assassination on April 4, 1968, people have repeated his wisdom. And since 1986, Americans have celebrated his legacy with a national holiday honoring his birthday.

King’s birthday is Jan. 15, but the holiday — the first national holiday honoring a black American — is observed Monday.

Across the Pacific, installations and communities will honor King’s memory with ceremonies, memorials and other events.


Camp Zama: “A Day On … Not A Day Off,” memorial service held Thursday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Camp Zama’s Community Cultural Center. Guest speaker is Col. Robert D. Rock, U.S. Army Dental Activity-Japan, with performances by the Sagamihara Inspirational Choir and community members.

Yokosuka Naval Base: Martin Luther King 3K, 11 a.m. Friday at the Fleet Gym. Free to enter, $5 for a T-shirt; Dr. King Scratch Tournament, 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bowling Center. Cost is $25 per person; Martin Luther King Dinner, 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Negishi Club, featuring dinner and performers. Dress is semiformal and tickets are $20 for adults and $13 for children; Harbor View Dining Room at Seaside features a soul food dinner buffet Monday. Cost for adults is $9.95, children 11 and younger, $5.95; Spectrum Single Sailor lounge, buffet starting Monday at 3 p.m., guest speaker and raffle.

Atsugi Naval Air Facility: Memorial observance Monday at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. The base also will air a documentary on the base information channel for several days.

Yokota Air Base: A 5K run with T-shirts and other prizes, 11 a.m. at Yokota Field on Jan. 30.

Misawa Air Base: Luncheon to commemorate King’s life and vision, 11 a.m. Friday in the Tohoku Enlisted Club Ballroom. Guest speaker is Tech. Sgt. Shawn Smith, 35th Medical Support Squadron. Cost is $9 for club members, $11 for nonmembers. For more information, call Capt. Monique Okorie at 222-1280.

Sasebo Naval Base: Ceremony from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Friday at the Community and Education Center. The celebration features remarks by Capt. Michael L. James and Lt. Cmdr. Lee C. Stephens, and a reading of King’s biography, with inspirational songs and prayers. Following the ceremony, there will be a luncheon at Shogun Cafe, the base’s galley, with cake.

Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station: A luncheon is planned Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Club Iwakuni Ballroom. The guest speaker is Jacquelynn Lewis, and the cost is $5.95 per person.

Camp Fuji: Informative display Monday at the Marine Corps Community Services library.

South Korea

Area I: Camp Red Cloud hosts a breakfast observance Wednesday at 8 a.m. at the Commanding General’s mess. The hourlong event includes speakers and remembrances of King. For more information, call the Equal Opportunity office at 732-8815.

Area II: The 34th Support Group and Area II Support Activity Ethnic Observance Committee will sponsor a breakfast ceremony Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. with speakers and a program. There will also be a candlelight vigil Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Participants will march from Collier Field House to Seoul American High School auditorium. For more information, call 738-5900.

Area III: A luncheon for camps Long and Eagle is being held Wednesday at the Long Shot Club at Camp Long. For more information, call 753-8598.

Area IV: Area IV and the 20th Support Group will celebrate at 7 a.m. Wednesday with a breakfast and program at Camp Walker’s Evergreen Community Club. The guest speaker is Maj. Kenneth R. Harris, 20th Support Group command chaplain. Cost for breakfast is $6.50. Call Sgt. 1st Class Sharon Bryant at 768-8972 or Sgt. 1st Class Michael Watson at 768-6764 for more information.

Kunsan Air Base: The 8th Fighter Wing hosts a luncheon Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Loring Club. Events will include speeches, dramatizations and choir performances. The club will also offer a Southern-style seafood buffet and a vegetarian meal. The cost is $7 for club members and $8 for others. For tickets, call Tech. Sgt. James Mitchell at 782-4300 or Staff Sgt. Danesha Little at 782-5731.

Osan Air Base: A commemoration service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the base chapel. The event will feature guest speakers and an airman reciting King’s “I Have a Dream” speech from memory. For more information, call 784-5000. Officials will also host a poetry reading from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Challenger Club. For more information, call 784-6900.

Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae: U.S. Naval Forces Korea will hold a memorial service at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Chinhae chapel. Chief Warrant Officer O.C. Horton, the Fleet Activities Chinhae operations officer, will be the guest speaker. Students of the base’s C.T. Joy Elementary School will give a special presentation. A reception will follow the service.


Kadena Air Base: The Kadena African-American Heritage Committee will host a luncheon Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the Rocker NCO Club. Retired Air Force Col. Daryl Jones is guest speaker. The cost is $10 and includes choice of shrimp with andouille sausage or blackened chicken breast salad. For more information, call 634-1935. The Kadena Chapel has scheduled a combined Protestant Worship Service at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Keystone Theater. There will be no 9 a.m. Sunday school. To sing in the combined choir or for more information, call Capt. Richard Tatum, chaplain, at 634-2225.

Camp Shields: Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Five Cultural Awareness Committee will host a luncheon Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the educational building. Lt. Kenneth L. Culbreath is scheduled as guest speaker. The menu includes shrimp gumbo, Southern fried chicken, barbecued pork spareribs, and Southern fried catfish. For more information, call 632-4345.

Juliana Gittler, Mark Rankin and Joe Giordono contributed to this report.

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