Statement by NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
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Barbara D. Woolley
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 28, 2013) Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement regarding the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington:
Today marks the 50th anniversary of one of the seminal moments in the history of the United States led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life marched on the National Mall to proclaim the value of peace, justice and equality for all. Fifty years ago today, citizens regardless of race, gender or religion, came together determined to work together to ensure that America fulfills its promise.
The event, this embrace of a common dream has resulted in enduring progress toward the accomplishment of these basic goals.
I was proud to attend the original march 50 years ago. Today history will be repeated in a celebration led by President Barack Obama. This celebration calls upon all of us to rededicate ourselves to the removal of any remaining barriers to achieving full equality for all.
In particular, we must press on to make sure that the aged, infirm and dying Americans have the opportunity to exercise the freedoms we all cherish until the end of their days.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nations 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org.