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As the nation remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. there are several events going on around southern West Virginia to honor his memory. 

An annual parade is held in Lewisburg at 11 a.m. and the Greenbrier Episcopal School is holding a "Day On" event.  Meanwhile West Virginia's senators, Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) also released statements on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

"It is fitting the President Obama will swear his oath of office on two Bibles, one that belonged to Dr. King, the other to President Lincoln, two great and martyred champions of liberty and justice for all." said Sen. Manchin.  "It is equally fitting that the celebration of this Inauguration includes a National Day of Service, because the Scriptures that inspired both Dr. King and President Lincoln are filled with exhortations for all of us to love our neighbors as ourselves.  That is something we in West Virginia know a lot about because the people of our great state are like a big family.  Caring for each other is part of our heritage and service to our communities, our state and our country is not just for special days, but for every day.  it is part of our faith and par of our American Dream - it is what makes us 'We The People.'"

Senator Rockefeller also spoke on the significance of the National Day of Service being held in conjunction with the day that honors Dr. King.

This is a fitting tribute to a man so very dedicated to serving the greater good," said Sen. Rockefeller.  "On February 4, 1968 he said, 'Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.  You don't' have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve.  You only need a hear full of grace.'"

"That very sentiment rings true today, and is evidenced so full across West Virginia," Sen. Rockefeller added.  "When a neighbor is in need, West Virginians act out of pure selflessness to help.  It's just who we are.  The Sprit of service is one to carry with us all year long - it fortifies our communities, our state, and our country.  And is the perfect way to honor Dr. King's legacy."