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Metro residents honor MLK through "Day of Service"

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hundreds were taking a hands on approach to remembering Doctor Martin Luther King Junior today.

Many people were out during this "Day of Service."

"There's more to do, it looks like the harder we work, the more there is to be done," said Lucille B. Leggett.

Those words came from a woman who has been around since Dr. Martin Luther King Junior was alive, speaking out during the civil rights movement.  Decades later, many are remembering his contributions to society.

"I enjoyed hearing him speak and I liked his policies and his philosophy," said Leggett, an Alabama native.

"I am glad to see very many people living up to his expectations."

Those expectations include simple things.

"The idea is the best way to honor Dr. King is give back to the community and service for peace, we resonate with that very well," said Peter Hayes of Service for Peace, a non-profit organization who had volunteers out around Louisville at various community centers.

Volunteers from the Home Depot Foundation were at Baxter and California Community Centers painting and restoring the place.

Hundreds of volunteers did that with the stroke of a brush, the sharing of a sign or the lending of a hand.  All those efforts were made to beautify the Metro area.

"Even picking up trash, you can see the difference that you are making," said volunteer Grace Flaherty.

"If it's a cleaner street or just like a smile on a child's face, you at least know you made that day better for them. or you at least cleaned up something and made it prettier for somebody else."

City leaders who helped organize the efforts say it is more than a day of remembrance for the Civil Rights Leader.

"It's a momentous day for so many reasons," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

"Obviously, Dr. King's birthday and "Day of service," President Obama being sworn back in today publicly, big day for our country for service."

For others, remembrance included participating in a motorcade rally through downtown and to a church in West Louisville.

"It is history to me for the both of them, Martin Luther King's birthday and then for Obama's inauguration and I just love it and I am out here to celebrate them both," said Nathan Poage.

Poage attended the 41st annual rally which ended up at King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church on Anderson Street.

Regardless of how some celebrated, the principles Dr. King advocated many decades ago are practiced today by people from different walks of life coming together for the greater good.

"People in the community to come together and people meeting each other they haven't known before," said Fischer.

"It is just a demonstration that we are one community, one family, one city."

While hundreds participated in the parade downtown this afternoon, several others said they wanted to live by example in honoring the civil rights leader.

Many of the projects today were organized by non-profits through the Mayor's office. If you are interested in becoming more involved, just contact Mayor Greg Fischer's office or visit the web site at

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