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Re: FW: 39 Years Ago Today- Peace Corps

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  • Vyrle Owens
    2 March 2000 Dear Elizabeth, Thanks for the 39th Peace Corps Anniversary message. For me the 35th was the most memorable. I didn t have much consciousness of
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      2 March 2000

      Dear Elizabeth,

      Thanks for the 39th Peace Corps Anniversary message. For me the 35th was
      the most memorable. I didn't have much consciousness of the 1st or the 2nd
      and the 3rd wasn't mentioned (everyone was too busy trying to get to the
      4th, 5th, et.al.).

      Thanks for keeping us up-to-date.

      Vyrle

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      > From: Bell, Elizabeth <eib6@...>
      > To: ujeni@onelist.com
      > Subject: [ujeni] FW: 39 Years Ago Today- Peace Corps
      > Date: Wednesday, 01 March, 2000 12:04 PM
      >
      > From: "Bell, Elizabeth" <eib6@...>
      >
      > happy birthday everyone.
      >
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Gerzoff, Bob
      > Sent: Wednesday, March 01, 2000 2:59 PM
      > Subject: FW: 39 Years Ago Today- Peace Corps
      >
      >
      >
      > On March 1, 1961, President Kennedy signed the executive order that>
      > established the Peace Corps. In announcing this action, the president
      > stated the following:
      >
      > "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.
      >
      > "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. ... Men and women will be
      > expected to work and live alongside the nationals in 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."
      >
      > Since that day, the tens of thousands of Americans who have served as
      > Volunteers, and the thousands of people -- both Americans and those from
      > our host countries -- who have served as staff members, have fulfilled
      > this vision and these ideals.
      >
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