Truman Celebrates Life, Contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Story Number: NNS120124-03Release Date: 1/24/2012 4:37:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Cothran, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Sailors attended a celebration aboard the ship's auxiliary barge to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jan. 18.

The event, sponsored by Truman's Heritage Cultural Committee, included remarks from Truman's Commanding Officer Capt. Dee L. Mewbourne, Sailors reading from King's speeches and a cake decorated with images of King.

According to event coordinators, the diversity of today's Navy reflects the importance of King's influence on society during the past 50 years.

"We live in his dream," said Senior Chief Culinary Specialist (SW/AW) Darryl Carr, a member of the Heritage Cultural Committee. "Realizing his vision has allowed us to become a stronger team. We work together and sweat together and achieve common goals together."

For other members of the crew, King's words and legacy have had a more personal impact.

"I don't think I would be where I am today without Dr. King's dream," said Senior Chief Damage Controlman (SW/AW) Patrick Peterson, the Heritage Cultural Committee coordinator. "By continuing to observe this day, we show how his dream has come to life."

Truman is undergoing docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) to conduct maintenance and refurbish shipboard systems. Truman is expected to return to the fleet this summer.

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