ROANOKE,Va. -

Hundreds gather along the Doctor Martin Luther King Memorial Bridge to honor a man who dared to dream.

“Today I want to recognize Martin Luther King Day and witness all the people who came out to Roanoke to celebrate,” said attendee Polly Branch.

“He was a hero to me and today he's just one of the leaders of the country; very proud that we have a black leader.” said an attendee.

Some say not only do they want to honor Dr. King's legacy but also to let a younger generation know about the struggle African-Americans faced during the civil rights era.

"Hopefully when they get up, the struggles that we went through will be over for them, but don't want to ever let them forget,” said SCLC President Bishop E. Mitchell. "By bringing them and showing them, It will always be a part of their memory."