Tucson celebrates legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The volunteer center of southern Arizona held a day of service Monday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

From high school students to seniors, they all came out to volunteer their time.

It was all part of a day on and not a day off program.

"I think it's really cool that there are so many other people that came as well and I love that, we could all get together especially in this time of crisis and just really work together and it shows what he stood for," said volunteer Stella O'Rourke.

Some of the projects included writing letters to troops serving overseas, making bookmarks, and organizing books for young students.

And the Martin Luther King, Junior March has been a tradition in Tucson for a number of years, but this year had special meaning for walkers.

When the weather is just right, it's easy to stay outside.

"This warming, I think that helps bring the crowds out," said marcher Malcolm Alexander.

"I had to be out here becuase there's a great vision that was laid out for this country by MLK and if anyone would listen to his speeches and see some of the signs that were out here today, I had to support that," said marcher Saul Ostroff.

"Celebrate MLK and the things he did for us and we continue to follow," said Alexander.

This years walk had extra symbolism for it's walkers, many held signs with well wishes for Gabrielle Giffords.

"It's not just another day to sleep in, it's a day to get out and show your support and worth for yourself and show that you've truly done something positive."

"It's great to see the young people out because that's the future of this country and for us, for the movement that MLK started," said Alexander.

And even though MLK's message was spoke long ago, his message of hope, peace and non-violence still resonates today.

"The dream is still alive, the dream for a better america and together we can make it happen," said Ostroff.

Oranizers have been putting the march on for more than 20 years.  The walk ended at Reid Park but the celebration there lasted until Monday evening.