Today — March 1st, 2011 — marks the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps. On this day in 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed the papers establishing the Peace Corps.
- Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
- Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
- Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
In Obama’s proclamation yesterday, he said, “On its 50th anniversary, the United States Peace Corps remains an enduring symbol of our Nation’s commitment to encouraging progress, creating opportunity, and fostering mutual respect and understanding throughout the world.”
I am proud to be part of this great organization and once again thank all of you for the support you provide.