WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama called on Americans Monday to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King by making a commitment to serve others.

On the eve of his inauguration, Obama issued a statement saying King's life was lived in loving service to others.

Monday is the federal holiday commemorating the birthday ofKing, and Obama is leading a day of community service in remembrance.

"As we honor that legacy, it's not a day just to pause andreflect, it's a day to act," says Obama. "I ask the Americanpeople to turn today's efforts into an ongoing commitment toenriching the lives of others in their communities, their citiesand their country."

AP wire reports contributed to this report

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