WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Only hours until show time for the first of two major rallies to commemorate the March on Washington's 50th anniversary.

There's a frenzy of activity at the Lincoln Memorial. Crews are setting up the stage, lighting, and jumbo trons for people who will be lining the reflecting pool.

Saturday's event will include a host of speakers such as members of the King Family, Rev. Al Sharpton and Trayvon Martin's family. They will be speaking not only to the people who were here 50 years ago but everyone in between. They are hoping it resonates with the young generation.

There were events on Friday at Freedom Plaza dedicated to people not alive or too young to remember when Dr. King made his famous speech. The older generation is relying on them to carry on the message of jobs, justice and freedom.

Andrea Dixon from North Carolina is a mother of a one-year-old daughter says, "I want to bring her up in a peaceful world, no violence, no segregation all that kind of stuff."

Leron Lee, 21 from Woodbridge says, "The people who see us marching need to wake up and see we're trying to take steps in the right direction. What's that cause? Peace and freedom. Peace and freedom."

The program starts at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. At around 12:30 p.m. participants will march the half mile from the Lincoln Memorial, pass through the MLK Memorial and end at the Washington Monument.

On the actual 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I have a dream' speech, will take place on Wednesday.

President Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter will be speaking.

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