Florida National Guard Family,
On Monday we will honor the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who helped our Nation live up to the principles upon which it was founded. His contributions toward equality and respect embody those principles. We honor the great strides he made within the American Civil Rights movement which made our country realize his “Dream.”
The Florida National Guard proudly maintains its headquarters in the nation’s oldest city, which is the home to numerous events of historical importance. What many of us don’t know is that St Augustine also shares in the rich history of the American Civil Rights movement. Between 1963 and 1964, many brave citizens from St. Augustine took it upon themselves to make a stand against the inequalities of segregation. These citizens and their uncommon courage brought the international spotlight to the movement and drew prominent leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, including Dr. King, to St. Augustine.
The legacy Dr. King’s historic contributions here in St Augustine and around the nation one of respect for all people regardless of race, color, ethnicity, or religion. Our differences, unfettered by intolerance, allow each of us to contribute the best of ourselves to the greater community. This same diversity and respect for others are a proven strengths of the National Guard.
Many of you will travel over the long weekend, and I encourage you to take time to plan ahead and travel safely. Enjoy the weekend and remember the significance of the holiday.
Michael A. Calhoun
Florida National Guard
The Adjutant General