Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century
Last week the Providence VAMC proudly held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance. The theme for this year's observance was "Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century, featuring guest speakers Cheryl Burrell, Rhode Island State Diversity Administrator; and Onna Moniz-John. Ms Moniz-John received the Rhode Island State Commission, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Living the Dream" award in 2005.
The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance is a time of remembrance and re-dedication to making our world a better place. We celebrate it annually not only to reminisce and acknowledge the contributions of one of America’s leaders but to celebrate the spirit and commitment of American people to end discrimination and bondage for their fellow citizens. As America's greatest champion of racial justice and equality, Dr. King dreamed of a color-blind society. He emphasized, however, that the struggle was not a struggle between people of different color. Rather, he believed it was a fight "between justice and injustice, between the forces of light and the forces of darkness."
Here at the Providence VAMC, we are committed to carrying on Dr. King's legacy. To meet the challenges of the 21st century, we must never forgot why we are here--to serve our Veterans and their families as well as our employees who serve them.