February 27, 2003 - Peace Corps Press Release: Peace Corps celebrates 42nd Anniversary

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Peace Corps celebrates 42nd Anniversary





Read and comment on this Peace Corps Press Release on the celebration of the forty-second anniversary of the agency when thousands of former Peace Corps volunteers will share the experiences and insights they gained from their overseas service with communities across the country. Peace Corps Director Gaddi H. Vasquez will be participating in a number of events in the Washington, DC area. Read the story at:

Peace Corpsí 42nd Anniversary*

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Peace Corpsí 42nd Anniversary

Washington, D.C. Area Observances of Peace Corps Day

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 27, 2003 -- Tomorrow, in celebration of the forty-second anniversary of the agency, thousands of former Peace Corps volunteers will share the experiences and insights they gained from their overseas service with communities across the country. This annual event commemorates the March 1, 1961, signing of the Executive Order that established the Peace Corps.

Peace Corps Director Gaddi H. Vasquez will be participating in a number of events in the Washington, DC area:

Event:
The Liberian and Zambian Ambassadors will join Director Vasquez for a school assembly to discuss the Peace Corpsí work in their countries.

Marie Reed Community Learning Center school assembly
200 Champlain St NW, Washington, DC
9:00 - 11:00 am.

Event:
An International Phone Call will be held. Students, returned Peace Corps volunteers, and the Peace Corps Director will speak with a currently serving volunteer in Honduras.

Fairfax Villa Elementary School
10900 Santa Clara Blvd., Fairfax, VA
2:15 - 3:15 pm

Event:
Director Vasquez will preside over a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new RPCV Career Center in Rosslyn, VA.

RPCV Career Center Open House
Peace Corps Rosslyn Recruiting Office
1525 Wilson Blvd, Suite 250 Arlington, VA
5:00 - 6:30 pm

For more information about these events and events occurring around the country, please contact the Peace Corps Press Office via e-mail at pressoffice@peacecorps.gov or by phone at 202.692.2230.
Read and comment and the following story that PCOL posted for Peace Corps' anniversary last year at:

Happy Birthday, Peace Corps





Read and comment on our best wishes to the Peace Corps on its birthday at:

Happy Birthday, Peace Corps*

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Happy Birthday, Peace Corps

On March 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy issues Executive Order #10924, establishing the Peace Corps as a new agency within the Department of State. The same day, he sent a message to Congress asking for permanent funding for the agency, which would send trained American men and women to foreign nations to assist in development efforts. The Peace Corps captured the imagination of the U.S. public, and during the week after its creation thousands of letters poured into Washington from young Americans hoping to volunteer.

Following is the text of Kennedy's remarks:

I have today signed an Executive Order providing for the establishment of a Peace Corps on a temporary pilot basis. I am also sending to Congress a message proposing authorization of a permanent Peace Corps. This Corps will be a pool of trained American men and women sent overseas by the U.S. Government or through private institutions and organizations to help foreign countries meet their urgent needs for skilled manpower.

It is our hope to have 500 or more people in the field by the end of the year.

The initial reactions to the Peace Corps proposal are convincing proof that we have, in this country, an immense reservoir of such men and women--anxious to sacrifice their energies and time and toil to the cause of world peace and human progress.

In establishing our Peace Corps we intend to make full use of the resources and talents of private institutions and groups. Universities, voluntary agencies, labor unions and industry will be asked to share in this effort--contributing diverse sources of energy and imagination--making it clear that the responsibility for peace is the responsibility of our entire society.

We will only send abroad Americans who are wanted by the host country--who have a real job to do--and who are qualified to do that job. Programs will be developed with care, and after full negotiation, in order to make sure that the Peace Corps is wanted and will contribute to the welfare of other people. Our Peace Corps is not designed as an instrument of diplomacy or propaganda or ideological conflict. It is designed to permit our people to exercise more fully their responsibilities in the great common cause of world development.

Life in the Peace Corps will not be easy. There will be no salary and allowances will be at a level sufficient only to maintain health and meet basic needs. Men and women will be expected to work and live alongside the nationals of the country in which they are stationed--doing the same work, eating the same food, talking the same language.

But if the life will not be easy, it will be rich and satisfying. For every young American who participates in the Peace Corps--who works in a foreign land--will know that he or she is sharing in the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace.


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