FT. SILL, Okla._Lawton Police Chief James Smith urged military servicemen and Lawton community members today to get out and work in their community.
Smith spoke to more than 200 servicemen at the patriot club on Ft. Sill at their annual Martin Luther King Day luncheon. He touched on the issues we face today in our city and stressed the importance of community service for those who live in it.
Martin Luther King once said the most persistent and urgent question in life is what are you doing for others? And that question was highlighted throughout chief smith's speech.
"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve", words spoken from a true American hero, Martin Luther King Jr. His words live on and today they were celebrated at the Patriot Club on Ft. Sill in front of a mostly military crowd.
Lawton Police Chief James Smith said he understands MLK's accomplishments but knows there are still critical issues to tackle.
"There are a lot of issues that still exist and instead of just talking about it or thinking it's someone else's problem we need to step up and get involved in it," said Police Chief Smith.
Community service helps improve not only the present but also the future.
"Really the most important piece is our children. Our children are our future leaders so we have go to step up and help our kids to be able to survive and make it in the world that's changing rapidly," said Smith.
Chief Smith looks at different people for inspiration; MLK is one of those sources he uses when trying to help the community knowing that everyone just wants to be treated fairly.
"One of the things he stood for was justice and equality, at first some people thought he was a radical but the only thing he wanted was fairness and to be treated fairly. And that stands today," said Smith.
MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service, a day on, not a day off.
Several projects are taking place on Monday; Cameron University will be helping the Lawton Food Bank, the Boys & Girls Club, and several local elementary schools.