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Caroline Kennedy's Remarks at Peace Corps Fund Event

Caroline Kennedy's Remarks at Peace Corps Fund Event

"My father founded the Peace Corps over four decades ago to encourage Americans to be citizens of the world - to accept someone else's challenge as their own and to commit their lives to public service."

Caroline Kennedy's Remarks at Peace Corps Fund Event

Good Evening.

I am thrilled to be here tonight to celebrate the two groups of people I admire most--Peace Corps volunteers and teachers! Of all of the memorials to President Kennedy, the Peace Corps is the one that would be closest to his heart and all of you carry forward and sustain his vision for America.

Through your actions and your teachings, you demonstrate the importance of service to one's country and to each other. Each day as the world becomes more interconnected, this idea is more important than ever, and we are grateful for your leadership, example, and service.

My father founded the Peace Corps over four decades ago to encourage Americans to be citizens of the world - to accept someone else's challenge as their own and to commit their lives to public service.

I am so pleased to see so many people here tonight who have answered his call to serve in countries around the world through the Peace Corps.

And here at home, over the past few years as the Vice Chair of the Fund for Public Schools, I have met outstanding teachers and volunteers in New York City public schools who have given tirelessly of themselves to serve the children of our City. These educators, like you, are an inspiration to the world around them.

This evening celebrates that inspiration. For the students in your schools today, you represent everything they could hope to be. You are living examples that they too can live their dreams, accomplish great things, and work in service to others. For those who arrive in this city every day from all over the world, you understand where they came from, you speak their languages and you represent the very best that is already here.

Thank you for keeping President Kennedy's legacy alive for new generations and for all you do for our children.





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