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Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Your Service

By U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman

You and I have an opportunity on Monday to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a day of service and volunteering.  Regardless of where you live or the need in your community, some organization, a school, a child, a veteran, a senior citizen, or a family needs your help.

My family and I will spend part of our day with 350 other volunteers to support veterans and active members of the military at the Points of Light service project.  The Points of Light Day of Service aims to help DC veterans and their families transition from military service to civilian life.  We will work to assemble 1,000 care packages for wounded warriors, that will be sent to hospitals overseas where our U.S. service members are recovering. In addition, the service event will feature areas for volunteers to write letters to active military members, workshops for veterans to prepare for interviews and jobs, and activities for their children and families.

Fifty years ago, Dr. King illustrated his dream for America, which has since become a beacon to ensure the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are enjoyed by all.  For all of you, it is my great hope that you will find a service project in your community and spend a few hours lending a hand.  

 To find a service opportunity near you, please visit: You can also follow the #MLKDay2014 hashtag to receive updates on service projects around the country, and share your own service activities on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.