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Local and federal holiday Martin Luther King Day

Local government and federal offices will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Several businesses, including the two commercial banks, will also be closed. Samoa News will not publish a print edition on Monday.


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has already declared Monday an ASG holiday and all employees required to work on the holiday will be paid wages in accordance with rules and regulations.


U.S. President Barack Obama reminded the nation that every year, America sets aside a day “to remember a giant of our Nation's history and a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement,” according to the President’s Martin Luther King proclamation.


“During his lifelong struggle for justice and equality, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave mighty voice to the quiet hopes of millions, offered a redemptive path for oppressed and oppressors alike, and led a Nation to the mountaintop,” he said.


Obama urged all Americans to celebrate this day with appropriate civic, community, and service projects in honor of Dr. King and to visit to find Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service projects across the country.