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The nation remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The nation remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday with parades, marches and service projects.

Schools and government offices are closed, but many in Madison will be celebrating with volunteer work. Middle and high school students can participate in the Morgridge Center for Public Service Day, held at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on the UW-Madison campus. It's from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Governor Scott Walker with participate in the 34th annual "Tribute and Ceremony" for MLK. It starts at noon in the Capitol rotunda.

At the Overture Center, the city-county observance begins around 5:00 p.m. Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi will present the local King Humanitarian Awards.

In Atlanta, a service will be held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was pastor. In Memphis, where King was assassinated, an audio recording of an interview he did will be played at that National Civil Rights Museum.

Some celebrations started early, with an event Sunday in Milwaukee. Hundreds gathers at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to drumming and dancing, students read their winning essays as part of a city-wide contest.

This was the 30th year for the event.

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