Coast Guardsmen to make Martin Luther King Day a call to service

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May NewsCAPE MAY, N.J. – Local Coast Guard units are planning to make Dr. Martin Luther King Day a day of remembrance and a call to service through educational and volunteer opportunities Monday.

Coast Guardsmen have dedicated their lives to helping others, and Dr. Martin Luther King Day 2012 is no exception. Service members stationed aboard Training Center Cape May will be volunteering in partnership with Jersey Cares to paint an Arc of Cape May County home for people with developmental disabilities and answering the President’s national call to service initiative.

“We encourage our people to use Martin Luther King Day as an opportunity to help others locally in a service project with our neighbors and friends,” said Cmdr. Owen Gibbons, executive officer of Training Center Cape May. “We remember the great strides made in advancing Dr. King’s quest for equality, freedom and justice for all by encouraging people use Jan. 16 as a day of service rather than a day off.”

Personnel here will also use Martin Luther King Day 2012 as a day of remembrance to honor King’s legacy and the principles he stood for. Recruits will view King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech during their normal training schedule. The permanent party will have the opportunity to view a documentary about King’s life Wednesday.

Service members here don’t wait until Martin Luther King Day to act. They contributed thousands of community service hours to numerous charities in Southern New Jersey in 2011. Most notably, Coast Guardsmen volunteered more than 1,700 hours at Cape May Elementary as part of Partnership in Education, and service members also volunteered more than 252 hours at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey/Southern Branch.

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