US embassy is closed on Monday

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The United States Embassy in Manila and its affiliated offices will be closed to the public on Monday (January 20) in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an American holiday.

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In a statement, the embassy said it will resume its services on Tuesday (January 21).

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), who is remembered in the United States on the third Monday of January each year, is perhaps best known as America’s chief spokesman for nonviolent activism as a result of his leadership role in the US civil rights movement.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a legislation into law making King’s birthday a federal holiday.

In 1994, the US Congress designated the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a national day of service, calling on Americans from every walk of life to volunteer their time and effort on that day to help realize King’s vision of a “beloved community.” AFP

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