Long Branch: Minister Kevin Elmore, active in ministries for more than 25 years, was the speaker at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday observance at Monument Park Monday.
Recalling the work of Dr. King and the history of events in the Civil Rights efforts of the sixties, and the recent incidents in the nation, Elmore called for understanding and forgiving as the nation and local communities find the way to come together in human love for all mankind. The message was to "Live the Dream", the message of Dr. King of a non-violent fight for equality, freedom and fairness of opportunity.
MLK Guild Chairman David A. Brown opened the service with a prayer, introduction of the Long Branch VFW Presentation of the Colors, the Pledge of Allegiance and LB Recreation Director Carl Jennings who introduced Minister Elmore, a longtime friend.
A wreath was laid at the monument by Guild members Jacob Jones, Melody Alderman and Catherine Darby, a tradition dating back to the construction of the monument more than a decade ago.
Mayor Adam Schneider addressed the gathering thanking them and the city for living peacefully in the multicultural community that is Long Branch.
The event concluded with everyone circling the monument and singing "We Shall Overcome."