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DC you in September

DC you in September

Calling all RPCVs and Friends of the Peace Corps. Come one, come all to Washington DC to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps from September 21 to 25. There will be an open house at Peace Corps Headquarters, advocacy training, a service day, a staff reunion that all living directors will attend, Peace Corps Night with the Washington Nationals, the Peace Corps Gala, Third Goal Bash, a memorial to fallen Peace Corps Volunteers at Arlington Cemetery, the 50th Anniversary Walk of Flags and the NPCA's Peace Festival. Here's the schedule of events.

DC you in September

Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Week-end Celebration in Washington DC - September 21-25
by John Coyne
on Friday, July 8th 2011

Calling all RPCVs and Friends of the Peace Corps. Come one, come all to Washington DC to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps from September 21 to 25. Here's the schedule of events.

Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Week-end Celebration in Washington DC, September 21-25

Wednesday, September 21

Early Volunteer experience panel discussion
3:00 pm–5:00 pm, Peace Corps Headquarters
Stay tuned for more information!

NPCA Advocacy Training
6:00 pm–8:00 pm, TBD
Train to advocate for the Peace Corps with RPCVs who work on Capitol Hill. Register here

Thursday, September 22

Peace Corps Open House
9:00 am–5:00 pm, Peace Corps Headquarters
Come visit Peace Corps HQ for displays and information. Come check out RPCV/W's table!

NPCA Advocacy Day
Start your day off with fellow advocates in an inspirational welcome and then talk with your Congressman at pre-scheduled meetings about the importance of Peace Corps and other issues important to the community. Register here

Host Country National Discussion
10:00 am-12:00 pm, Peace Corps Headquarters
Stay tuned for more information!

NPCA Advocacy Reception
5:00-7:00 pm, Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Building
Enjoy refreshments and comments from members of Congress at the end of day reception.

Friday, September 23

Peace Corps Open House
9:00 am-5:00 pm, Peace Corps Headquarters
Come visit Peace Corps HQ for displays and information. Come check out RPCV/W's table!

NPCA Service Day
8:00–6:00 pm (project times vary)
Various DC locations
Continue to serve by signing up to volunteer at one of many community service projects throughout out Washington, DC. Register here.

Peace Corps 50th Anniversary STAFF REUNION
7:00 pm-10:00 pm
National Building Museum
401 F Street Northwest
An evening of reunion and connection with friends and colleagues of years gone by. Join current and former Peace Corps Directors, RPCV Members of Congress, PC luminaries; pioneers; and special guests for a special evening in the Great Hall of the historic National Building Museum. The event will honor all of our Peace Corps Directors and is dedicated to those who have passed - a special tribute to Sarge! All staff and former volunteers are welcome. For more information and to purchase tickets.

Peace Corps Night with the Washington Nationals
7:00pm-10:00 pm Nationals Field
The Washington Nationals (baseball team!) will be honoring the 50th anniversary of Peace Corps with a pre-game celebration to include the parade of flags of Peace Corps countries. Stay tuned for more information!

Saturday, September 24

Peace Corps Open House
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Peace Corps Headquarters
Come visit Peace Corps HQ for displays and information. Come check out RPCV/W's table!

Mad Men (and Women) of the Mayflower Breakfast
8:00 am – 10:00 am
Mayflower Hotel
Hear how the Peace Corps was created in 30 days from those who were there! Mark Gearan, former Peace Corps Director, will emcee this morning event.
Sponsored by the Peace Corps Fund.
Order tickets for the breakfast at EventBrite.

NPCA Annual Administrative Meetings
9:00 am – Noon, Shriver Hall Peace Corps Headquarters
Join us for our Annual General Meeting, Group Leaders Forum and Board of Directors Meeting. Register here.

Park Dedication Ceremony
10:00 am, 20th and M Streets, NW
Join Peace Corps as they dedicate a city park to the memory of Sargent Shriver

NPCA's Global Community Project Competition
1:00 – 4:00 pm, National Theatre
Help select the first recipient of the $25,000 NPCA Global Community Project Grant. Two semi-finalists will present their project and you will choose your favorite.

Conversations: The Future of Peace Corps
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, National Theatre
Moderated by Bill Moyers, a panel of thought leaders and global figures will discuss their experience with the Peace Corps and discuss pressing topics with the community. Register here

NPCA Promise of the Peace Corps Gala
7:00 pm – 10:00pm
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center Atrium
Join Chris Matthews (Swaziland ‘68-'70) in an elegant tribute to Peace Corps. The event includes dinner, drinks, and entertainment. Purchase your ticket here

Third Goal Bash
Saturday, September 24, 6:00 pm-12:00 midnight
George Washington University Smith Arena
The Peace Corps Fund, a non-profit organization founded by RPCVs in support of the 3rd Goal, is hosting a night of international music, dancing and merriment to celebrate the Peace Corps' 50th anniversary. Join hundreds of RPCVs, friends and family from around the nation. Proceeds from the bash will go to support RPCV individual and group 3rd Goal activities.
Going to other events? No problem, come before, come after!
Order tickets for the Bash at EventBrite.

Sunday, September 25

Arlington Cemetery Special 50th Program
10:00 am – 11:30 am Arlington Cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater
Join thousands of RPCVs for RPCV/W's signature 50th event. Emceed by Maureen Orth, this ceremony will include a memorial to fallen Peace Corps Volunteers, speakers representing RPCVs and host country nationals, and a special keynote address. Register here or Sign up to volunteer!

50th Anniversary Walk of Flags
12:30 pm 2:00 pm, from Arlington National Cemetery to the Lincoln Memorial
Find your flag and join 5,000+ people who will be walking together to commemorate 139 Peace Corps countries. Register here. Interested in carrying a flag? Let us know!

NPCA's Peace Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, TBD
Kickoff the next 50 years with a festive street fair designed to highlight Third Goal projects through displays, cultural entertainment and more. Register here.

For the full national calendar of events, please visit the National Peace Corps Association's 50th web site.

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By Barbara Ferris ( on Monday, August 15, 2011 - 1:34 pm: Edit Post

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