We join together as one community today to honor and remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
And I can think of no better way to spend today than working together to give something back, serving others, and advancing our common good.
Through his life's work, Dr. King taught us the power of character and courage. The power of working towards something bigger than ourselves. And the power and strength we gain as a community when we commit ourselves to the idea that we are all in it together. City Year, and the work that you do, lives up to Dr. King's example every day.
Dr. King also taught us the power of words and as I join all these young people here today making a commitment to build stronger communities through public service, I am reminded of one thing he said in particular.
He said, "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."
Those are words that inspire us today but they are also words that should guide all of us every day.
In 1986, I entered public service and now, for the last 27 years, I have committed my life to public service. Working to help lift people up to their dreams has been extremely rewarding and I am so honored to have had the opportunity serve.
It has not come without challenges. But as Dr. King said, Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
It is with great pride that I have the opportunity and privilege to join you today in answering that question. And I look forward to continuing our work together to answer that question every day going forward.