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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

A day to celebrate an American hero

By Lance Cpl. Shannon E. Mcmillan | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | January 22, 2009

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Gabriel Trusty and other children of the Blinder Memorial Chapel, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., sang during the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan 18. Parishioners experienced a celebration of singing, dancing, role playing and refreshments.

Gabriel Trusty and other children of the Blinder Memorial Chapel, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., sang during the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan 18. Parishioners experienced a celebration of singing, dancing, role playing and refreshments. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shannon E. McMillan)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Parishioners remembered a historic figure with a dream during a special event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Blinder Memorial Chapel, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleotn, Sunday.

The celebration included singing, dancing, role playing and refreshments. The performances helped to remind the audience of the man behind the holiday and, of the mark he left on American history.

“This day was a great way to reflect on those who sacrificed and went through the hardships,” said Connie Bivens, program coordinator.

She said events like this give communities the chance to remember King’s gifts and accomplishments, and to pass on the history to younger generations.

King’s message was the theme of the celebration, and the performances were based on his public speeches.

Parishioners performed a play called “The Gift from a Dreamer" during the ceremony.

“The message was clear; everyone has a dream,” said Mahogony Trusty, who played a daughter in the play.

She said the purpose of the play is to remind people of a man who stood up for what he believed in, that all people should have equal rights no matter their race, gender, religion or other differences. She believes anyone who has a dream should pursue it, even if it takes hard work and time to accomplish.

After the play, the Saving Grace dance team performed to the song “I Am Not Forgotten."

Ashley Ramos, dancer, said the song was a great choice because it reminded the audience not to forget the past, but to celebrate and learn from it.

Kenneth Bivens, a pastor at the Blinder Memorial Chapel, said he would like to remember a great man who captured the passion of many. Because of King’s hard work, he paved a path for future dreamers to move forward and stand up for what they believe in.

“This is a special way to remember someone who made history, and each year it gets better,” said Jack Fitch, an attendee of the event.

After the ceremony, the Chapel community enjoyed refreshments and a slide show of King’s accomplishments.



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