Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—The inaugural festivities coincide with Martin Luther King Day celebrated on January 21. MLK Day is a federal holiday, as such banks, federal post offices and other federal agencies will be closed. In addition, the Stock Market will closed. Retail outlets and will conducting business as usual, although public schools will take the day off.
In honor or Martin Luther King, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was built in his honor in Washington, D.C. at the National Mall right opposite the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Memorial.
The King Memorial features a wall with utterances made by Dr. King that have resonated with his admirers even after his death.
Newscast Media Washington D.C. –On the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, TV host and radio personality Glenn Beck kicked off the much anticipated “Restoring Honor” rally with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday.
“America today begins to turn back to God,” Beck told the mostly conservative crowd, as they cheered throughout his speech.
The TV host also said that the rally would reclaim the civil rights movement, in a response to the accusation by Al Sharpton that Beck had hijacked the movement.
In her speech, Sarah Palin proclaimed how proud she was to have raised a combat veteran, who happens to be her son, and stressed the need to support the troops as well as take care of them and their families when they return home.
Palin said, “I must assume that you too, knowing that we must not fundamentally transform America as some would want, we must restore America, and restore her honor.” She continued her speech by saying, “Now, I’ve been asked to speak today, not as a politician, no, something more. Something much more. I’ve been asked to speak as the mother of a soldier, and I am proud of that distinction. You know, say what you wanna say about me, but I raised a combat vet, and you can’t take that away from me.”
In his weekly radio/Internet address Saturday, Obama said: “Our nation’s commitment to all who wear its uniform is a sacred trust that is as old as our republic … a moral obligation to uphold.”