Dr. Martin Luther King remembered with speeches, parades

Around the nation, and on the Grand Strand and Pee Dee, Americans honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr. Monday.

During a breakfast service at the Canal St. Recreation Center in Myrtle Beach, Dr. King's leadership in the civil rights movement was remembered with speeches, music and drum major awards bestowed on Grand Strand citizens, in keeping with King's quote about being a "drum major for justice".

That was followed by a parade, led by an Army colonel and Myrtle Beach native, who's now an advisor to the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Col. Reginald Bostick says King was more than just a drum major; he was a soldier.

"He took on a number of issues, he put himself in harm's way, time and time again and he's an inspiration to every American, so I think his work stands as an example to all of us, especially to those of us that are in the military," said Bostick.

Some parade-goers said King's work is remembered on this holiday, because he helped America live up to its promise of being the greatest country in the world.

"It's because of Dr. King that we can honestly say to every child, you can be whatever you want to be. He opened up the community, he opened up the future," said Dr. Beverly Boone of Myrtle Beach.

Others participating in King's Day observances say one big part of his legacy and a main reason why he's remembered by events around the country is that he brought hope to so many people.

"Not only just for people of color but for the masses as a whole, so we continue to reflect on what he did and looking forward to the future," said Greg Mitchell of Myrtle Beach.

Mitchell says King deserves to be remembered because of the doors he helped to open for all African-Americans.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was first observed as an official holiday in January, 1986.