Two events in Toccoa will wrap up the 23rd annual celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today.
First, the Interfaith Service will take place at Trinity CME Church on Franklin Street in downtown Toccoa. It will start at noon.
Black Christian Men Association Vice-President and Commemoration Coordinator Willie Woodruff said that it is always a special and moving service.
“We will have the processional where people will procession in and then we have a keynote speaker, the pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church, the Rev. Marlon Knox,” said Woodruff. “He will be our keynote speaker. We expect to have a grand crowd there. We always give a Community Service Award. We have an award that is called the Presidential Award.”
Woodruff went on to say that this year, a couple of special awards will also be distributed.
“This year, we have a special recognition that is being given to Mr. L.J. Harrison and Mr. James Neal,” said Woodruff. “Mr. Harrison being the first black elected official in Stephens County period and Mr. Neal as being the longest serving city commissioner.”
Following the interfaith service, the March for Peace will begin at 2 p.m. It will start at Trinity CME Church and end at Toccoa City Hall. Once at City Hall, the winner of this year’s essay contest will read their winning essay for those in attendance.
This year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day coincides with the second term inauguration ceremonies for President Barack Obama.
Woodruff said having the two events on the same day does carry some special meaning.
“This year, our special T-shirts have a picture of Dr. King and a picture of President Obama on it,” said Woodruff. “It is an artistic rendering done by a local person here in Toccoa.”
Meanwhile as a reminder, Toccoa City Hall and Stephens County government offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day today.
Meanwhile in the city of Toccoa, routes for garbage and recyclables scheduled to be picked up today will be picked up on Tuesday, January 22.
Commercial garbage will be picked up as usual, but yard waste and other items will not be picked up.
The Toccoa Police and Fire Departments will be on duty. Utility department employees, as well as employees from the Public Works Department, will be on call for emergency situations.