Monday, March 1, 2010

March 1, 1961, President Kennedy founded the Peace Corps

From the This Week In Peace History web site:

President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 10924 establishing the Peace Corps as a new agency within the Department of State. The same day, he sent a message to Congress asking for permanent funding for the agency, which would send trained American men and women to foreign nations to assist in development efforts. The Peace Corps captured the imagination of the U.S. public, and during the week following its creation, thousands of letters poured into Washington from young Americans hoping to volunteer.

To find out more about the Peace Corps, click here.

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