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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembered in Local March

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- People across the nation today gathered to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of the civil right's leader.

Two local churches came together tonight and held a march in his memory.

The memorial began tonight with a service at Bethel A.M.E. church where nearly 30 people gathered for an opening hymn and prayer.

From there they marched to Mount Hope Baptist Church where they closed the night with another small service.

This is the second time Reverend Richard Trimble has organized this event.

He says it's important to remind people of how we got to where we are today.

"I think they can become content and relaxed and think that it all just happened, but that's not the case. It was a struggle," said Rev. Trimble.

At both services members of the congregation got up to read the names of those of all races and ethnicities who gave their lives for the good of the civil rights movement.

Reverend Trimble hopes to hold a march like this at least every five years.