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Topic - Marty Bonds
Thousands of D.C.-area residents grabbed shovels, paint brushes and shipping boxes as part of the National Day of Service on Saturday to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in advance of Monday's national holiday for King and inaugural celebration.
he explained that his friend who lives in Virginia convinced him to leave his home in northern Ohio and make the trip to help on Saturday.
"It's been a phenomenal effort and a lot of energy," Mr. Bonds said of the day. "I'm a retired Army officer. I did two tours in Vietnam. When you are out and away from the creature comforts, to the average person it may not seem like much, but when you're out there, it's a lot."