The day set aside to remember the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King is seen by a Walhalla leader as a chance for all Americans to give back to their communities through volunteer efforts to improve life. Newly-elected city councilwoman Sarai Melendez last year organized a group from a local church to clean the Walhalla City Park. Next year, she wants to work with her colleagues and others to encourage new efforts for community betterment. Melendez said, “If there is one day of the year that we know schools will be closed, banks, local, state, and federal departments as well…then this creates an opportunity to give back to the community and embrace MLK legacy with action.” She recalls this King quote: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others.”