by Seth Baker
Seven weeks after its planned dedication date, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial will finally have its formal ceremony on Oct. 16 in Washington, DC., with President Obama delivering the address.
The dedication march and ceremony had originally been scheduled for Aug. 28, the anniversary of 1963’s historic March on Washington, but was postponed when Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast.
Members of the King family, as well as noted civil rights leaders will speak at this weekend’s ceremony, including the reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. The event will begin at 9 a.m., with the President’s dedication at 11 a.m.
The ceremony will be held in front of the memorial on the National Mall, next to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Gates will open at 6 a.m., with public access to West Potomac Park through the four gates on Independence Avenue, SW.
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