The new Dr. Martin Luther King National Monument in Washington D.C. is reaching its first anniversary this October. And the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Westfield celebrated its own 25th anniversary by visiting in person.

The monument was dedicated in Washington D.C. on October 16, 2011. “It’s a national memorial that’s exciting to those who cherish the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King,” said Donnell Carr, acting president of the Westfield association. “We’ll be taking seniors who may not have another opportunity to go, and young people well.” He said it will be a rejuvenating experience, and the association will rededicate itself while there. “It will remind us that for the past 25 years, we’ve been celebrating a person and his history, and its culminated and come to a certain defining point in Washington D.C.”

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Westfield is based on the memory of Dr. King, says Carr. “It’s an organization that that tries to project to the local community Dr. Kings’ principles, the story of what he espoused, like brotherhood, unity, and justice for all. It deepens his presence and makes his dreams live in our midst.”

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The Association sponsors an annual essay contest for public school students. The winners are presented at the annual commemoration service every January, at a community service at a local church or synagogue.

Dan Weiniger of Home Video Studios in Westfield recently was asked to join the board after going the commemoration service. “I was so inspired by the service,” Weiniger said. “My daughter was one of the essay contest winners last year. After learning about what they do and going to the service, I really wanted to get involved.” Mr. Weiniger and his daughter were on the bus trip, and made a video of the group’s experience at the National Monument.

Mr.Weiniger’s video is posted at or you can visit his website at