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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Milford's tribute to slain civil rights leader

Residents are invited to take time out today, Sunday, Jan. 20, to reflect on the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Milford chapter of the Links will once again be leading the city’s observance of "Reflections: A Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."
The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in City Hall auditorium. Mayor James L. Richetelli Jr., who will attend, said the city is very grateful to Links for being in charge of the tribute.
"It’s become the city’s official commemoration of Martin Luther King Day. It’s a ceremony with appropriate music ... which (is) inspiring," Richetelli said. "It celebrates Martin Luther King’s life and the message that he stood for. All people are created equal and every person is sacred and every person has something to give. Everyone should be treated with respect and dignity."
Lillian A. Holmes, president of the Milford chapter of the Links, said in a letter to the mayor that Links is a public service organization of 12,000 women who serve communities in 42 states.
Links was founded in 1946. Its mission is to promote and engage in educational, civic and intercultural activities to enrich the lives of its members by working together to achieve common goals. A large component of Links is volunteering in the community.
The Milford chapter is one of six in the state. It has sponsored the Walk-For-Health-and-Hunger to benefit the Beth El Center.