WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) – Local and state representatives gathered with community members at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Island in Woonsocket on Monday.
The group paused and reflected on how far the country has come, and placed a wreath on the Memorial Park sign.
Children were called forward and urged to serve, help others and continue to make our country and the community a better place.
Dr. King was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta. His birthday is celebrated as a federal holiday every year on the third Monday in January.
In a proclamation issued last week, President Obama says the U.S. has made “undeniable progress” since King agitated for justice and equality for all.
But, Obama says securing the gains requires “constant vigilance, not complacency.” He called on everyone to stand together for good jobs, fair wages, safe neighborhoods and quality education.