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COMMENTARY: Standing up for what matters

By Chaplain Meade Adams 2nd Bomb Wing Chapel


This past Monday we celebrated the birthday of one of the greatest men of the 20th century, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There is much that can be said, and that has already been said about the man, his work, and what he was able to do for our country. I do not wish to spend a great deal of time saying what has already been said on Monday and throughout the first part of the week. What I will speak to, however, is the challenge he made to all of us as citizens and as people.

 He spoke as the moral conscience of a nation, calling for us to practice what we preached if you will. He invited us to love each other, and to treat each other with dignity and respect. He summoned us to not remain silent, but to speak up for one another, for anyone experiencing injustice and oppression. We are not exempt just because it is not happening to us, we have a responsibility as members of the human family to lift each other up. That is a principle we should be familiar with as Airmen and/or former Airmen. We are Wingmen, we help each other, and we support each other, even if our Wingman is different from us. We all have US Air Force over our hearts. Even once we have put away the boots and hung up that uniform, take the message from Dr. King that we are all human beings; we all bleed the same blood. What a great reminder to kick off a new year.