Local events honor life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith, community and political leaders gathered Monday to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a wreath laying ceremony.

The ceremony, held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, drew a diverse crowd who came to celebrate King's life on what has become a day set aside for reflection and service. 

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, other D.C. leaders, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson participated in the ceremony.

A peace walk and parade also took place Monday around noon along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in the southeast.

Students from area schools observed the day by volunteering their time to help others.

Vice President Joe Biden attended a breakfast honoring the slain civil rights activist during which he spoke about the need for communities and police departments to build relationships of trust.

Later in the afternoon, President Obama and the First Lady were scheduled to participate in a service project in celebration of Dr. King's life and legacy.

The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland planned to observe the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a wreath-laying ceremony on the grounds of the Maryland State House.

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University are honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a free concert featuring Natalie Cole. The "Let Freedom Ring" concert Monday at 6 p.m. is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be distributed two per person on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 5 p.m.

During the concert, Georgetown University will also present its annual John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award to George Jones, the CEO of the social services charity Bread for the City.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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