Sergeant Major Gives Riveting Speech At Fort Riley MLK Observance

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continues to be honored this week. On Wednesday, soldiers, civilians and guests observed the holiday and celebrated his legacy on the installation.

Command Sergeant Major Junior Riley, the Command Sergeant Major for the Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley, spoke to the crowd at Fort Riley's Conference Center Wednesday afternoon.

Riley told soldiers and staffers that they could achieve the goals they set for themselves in their careers and personal lives as long as they are willing to commit to making those dreams a reality.

He said that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. exclaimed, "I have a dream..." and told audience members that they should "fill in the blank" at the end of his statement for themselves and stick to the course to make it happen.

"I say to you today- dream and dream big. Don’t settle for the ordinary but reach for the extraordinary. Don’t let anyone stop you from getting the things in life that are yours. They are yours for the taking. So ladies and gentleman, I want you to rise up on this day, get busy, get ready, get happy and take charge. Remember your dream and make it known that you intend to bring it to reality," Riley said during his speech.

The theme of this year's celebration was "Remember! Celebrate! Act!"

After Riley's speech, Fort Riley's Commanding General William C. Mayville Jr. told attendees that soldiers have seen the importance of diversity first hand in their combat deployments, in places where ethnic divide "has ruled the day" and led to destruction.

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