Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Opened To The Public
Before its official dedication, the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. will open its gates to the residents of D.C. as well as to tourists who are clamoring to visit the memorial. D.C.’s Mayor Vincent Gray said that his officials are now facing tremendous demands for tickets for preview day.
The memorial will have a sneak peek day for the city residents on August 23, 2011. Given the demand for tickets, Mayor Gray said that there will be no need for tickets. Anyone who wants to come and see the memorial will be allowed to see. The preview for the memorial site will take place between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. only.
August 28th will mark the official dedication of the memorial. President Barack Obama is set to speak during the event. Because the scheduled dedication is set on a Sunday, Archbishop George Stalling of Imani Temple expressed concern that churchgoers will be forced to miss church to view the monument at a reasonable time. Stallings said that it was insensitive for the organizers to schedule the event on a Sunday. Rev. Herbert Brisbon of Ebenezer United Methodist Church said that he will be putting up a large screen for the churchgoers to see the dedication.
The dedication ceremony will be the concluding event for an extremely busy week at the convention center. Several luncheons, concerts and a gala will be featured in the same week. Apart from the ceremony, a civil rights-style march will take place. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are anticipated by the city’s tourism bureau to join the event.
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