Watkins Elementary School students recite "I Have a Dream" speech at Lincoln Memorial

As the nation prepares to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., students are getting a lesson in history from the very spot where history was made.

At Watkins Elementary School on Capitol Hill, the buses were ready out front Friday, and fifth grade students were in final rehearsal.

For the ninth year in a row, the whole school was getting ready to remember Dr. King by singing songs and reciting his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from the spot where he delivered it.{ }

Watkins parent Vincent Morris said he really likes the tradition.

"It's got so much emotional symbolism, and it's a really nice way to celebrate MLK's birthday," Morris added.

Students and parent alike look forward to the event at the Lincoln Memorial every year. They mingle with tourists, remember King's memory and some reflect.

"After Martin Luther King, people been free from like...segregation, but we're really not free because there's still hate in the world and stuff," Watkins student Henry Addison said.

It was 150 years ago that Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and 50 years ago that King gave his famous speech.