Members of the Edwards Air Force Base and NASA Dryden communities begin the march in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. in front of the 412th Test Wing headquarters. Center director David McBride represented NASA Dryden at the event. › View Larger Image
Edwards AFB, NASA Dryden Honor Martin Luther King
Employees of Edwards Air Force Base and NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center joined together to honor the memory of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a memorial observance and a parade on Jan. 17.
Centered around the theme of "Remember! Celebrate! Act! – A Day On, Not a Day Off," the afternoon observance featured a parade from the 412th Test Wing headquarters building on the base to Chapel 1. At the chapel, the program featured two musical selections from the Edwards Gospel Choir led by Linda Bowling, including the spiritual from which King took his closing comment to conclude his "I have a Dream" speech at the civil rights march in Washington, D.C. in 1963, "Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, I'm free at last."
The program wrapped up with a motivational address in King's honor from Command Chief MSgt. Juan Lewis, (USAF-Ret.), focusing not only on King's civil rights legacy, but on what Americans can do to perpetuate that legacy today.
NASA photos by Tom Tschida
The Edwards Gospel Choir led by accompanist Linda Bowling at the piano musically honored the spiritual heritage of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. › View Larger Image