Crowds Gather Locally To Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

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WACO (January 20, 2014) Crowds gathered in several locations across Central Texas Monday to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King on the federal holiday named in his honor.

More than 100 gathered to celebrate a wreath-laying Monday morning.

Several local dignitaries spoke after the ceremony.

The event took place at the historic Waco Suspension Bridge.

People both young and old marched the streets of downtown Killeen Monday morning to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

The walk started at city hall and went for several blocks before looping back.

Hundreds of participants included members of the Killeen National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, J.R.O.T.C. students, a variety of fraternity and sorority organizations, and city officials.

There were also few residents that lined the streets to observe the march. "I remember it all I was there for most of it and suffered some of the things just before that," said Andrew Thompson, 82, of Killeen. "I'm happy with were we are at this point, but I know we can go farther from where we are now."

Members from Alpha Phi Alpha Inc. also marched with pride, as they honored their fraternity brother. "Dr. King was and is still a member of our fraternity in our hearts," said Will Wright, APA member. "Every year we come out and support because of the sacrifices he made. We all feel obligated to come out here and partake in this activity."

The Killeen community wrapped up the celebration with a service at Rivers of Living Waters Ministry.

Community members also marched in Copperas Cove Monday afternoon.

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