Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal was one of the speakers at the service, which featured prayers, music and speeches. The Republican governor said there were not many states that can boast a native son that merits a national holiday, but added: "we Georgians can."
He also said this year he is committed to finding an appropriate way to honor King at the Georgia Capitol, but he didn't go into specifics.
Across the country, people are honoring King with parades, marches and service projects.
King was born Jan. 15, 1929, and the federal holiday is the third Monday in January.
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