Vice President Pence and his wife Karen honored Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday with a private wreath laying at the memorial of the 1960s civil rights leader.

Without fanfare, the couple visited with the U.S. Park Service at the massive white stone statue and placed the red, white and blue wreath in front of King.

Monday is the King holiday, set to honor his January 15 birthday. He was assassinated April 4, 1968 at age 39.

The vice president tweeted:

Honored to lay a wreath at MLK Jr. Memorial w/ @SecondLady. He was a great American leader who inspired a movement & transformed a Nation. He took the words of our Founders to heart to forge a more perfect union based on the notion all men are created equal & in the image of God.

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