When: Sun Oct 14th
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Aselton Park, South Street, Hyannis
The Cape and Islands Returned Peace Corps Association will dedicate a commemorative stone on the Kennedy Legacy trail on Sunday, October 14 at 10:30 AM.
The date aligns with the anniversary of Kennedy's first mention of a Peace Corps in his campaign speech at the University of Michigan. The memorial commemorates President Kennedy, Peace Corps' first Director, Sargent Shriver, and the legacy of service of thousands of volunteers and Peace Corps staff. Station 7 is located off South Street, on the East side of Michael K. Aselton Park at the head of Hyannis Harbor.
Former state Representative Matt Patrick, who served the Peace Corps in Ghana, will serve as master of ceremonies. Bob Terry of Orleans, one of the first Peace Corps staff members in 1961, will speak about the Peace Corps and new service opportunities.
Keynote speaker Dr. David Magani, who served in Kenya and later as staff in Kenya, Botswana and Malaysia, is also a former State Representative and Northeast representative emeritus to National Peace Corps Association. Dr Magnani will be stepping down from the NPCA board later this fall.
Chairman of the memorial committee, Eric Ericson of East Falmouth, who served in Columbia, will present the memorial.
Since the founding of Peace Corps in 1961, more than 210,000 volunteers have served in 139 countries, working on issues such as agriculture and environmental preservation; business training; education; English as a second language; nursing and health education.
Over 8,000 volunteers are currently serving.
The Cape and Islands are now home to well over 100 returned volunteers and staff. Organizers encourage the public to attend, especially those who might be interested in serving in Peace Corps or other domestic or foreign programs. There will be time for meeting and greeting after the dedication with many local RPCVs who will be there to share service pictures, anecdotes and souvenirs of service.
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