Peace Corps Turns 50

The Peace Corps was established by Executive Order, issued by President John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961, and authorized by Congress on September 22, 1961, with passage of the Peace Corps Act.  Since 1961, over 200,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps and have served in 139 countries.

Peace Corps posts all around the world celebrated this anniversary in different ways. Here we had a wonderful photo contest were volunteers submitted photos that represented the country they had come to know and the work they had accomplish.  The best photos were printed and displayed in a gallery.  We then had a wonderful ceremony recognizing the anniversary, the years of mutual collaboration, and the insight volunteers demonstrated in their photos.  Here is an article about the event published in a local newspaper.

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. And however undramatic the pursuit of the peace, the pursuit must go on.”

– John F. Kennedy

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