THE BRONX - People across the nation paused Monday to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with parades, marches and service projects.

For the first year, Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Hoe Avenue held a service in memory of the civil rights activist. The celebration was filled with singing and included a memorial service where they lit candles in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteers across New York City also participated in this year's MLK Day Serve-A-Thon. The event focused on advancing food security in local communities.

A special service was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., where the civil rights leader was pastor. In Memphis, Tenn., where he was assassinated, an audio recording of an interview with King was played at the National Civil Rights Museum.