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Honolulu Celebrates 50 Years Of Peace Corps

Honolulu celebrates 50 years of peace corps

The Peace Corps Logo (used with permission from Wikipedia)

All through 2011, Honolulu celebrates 50 years of Peace Corps service.

During the last 50 years, over 2000 state residents have served our country with the Peace Corps. In addition, in Hilo over 7000 Peace Corps volunteers trained in Hawaii before serving overseas in the Pacific Rim countries.


A Proud Peace Corps History, An Ever-Changing World

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then-Sen. John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew a federal government agency devoted to world peace and friendship.

Throughout its history, the Peace Corps has adapted and responded to the issues of the times. In an ever-changing world, Peace Corps Volunteers have met new challenges with innovation, creativity, determination, and compassion. From AIDS education to emerging technologies to environmental preservation to new market economies, Peace Corps Volunteers have helped people build better lives for themselves. Their work in villages, towns, and cities around the globe represents a legacy of service that has become a significant part of America’s history and positive image abroad.

This unique heritage continues to inspire and, since 1961, 200,000+ Americans have served in the Peace Corps, working in 139 countries and making a difference every day. Original here.


Below are videos from the public exhibit at the Honolulu Mayor’s Office marking 50 years of Peace Corps.

This exhibit honors the nearly 2,000 state residents who have volunteered in the Peace Corps since 1961, as well as the legacy of the Hawaii Peace Corps Training Program administered by the University of Hawaii at Hilo from 1962-1971. More than 7000 volunteers completed training in Hawaii before departing for assignment in southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. The exhibit includes historical archived photos including the Hilo Training Center, Waipio Valley training village along with personal photos, Peace Corps memorabilia and artifacts provided by local RPCVs.   Original story here.

Honolulu Celebrates 50 Years of Peace Corps

As the newest and youngest state in the union, Hawaii has always put forth extra effort in serving America.  Through the Peace Corps, and (of course) the military, we have always been in the top states to enroll to serve.

I wish the Peace Corps many more years of service.

~~ Aloha nui loa


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