Originally posted on Midwest Peace Corps Volunteers Making a Difference:
On Oct. 14, 1960, then-Sen. John F. Kennedy made a campaign stop at Ann Arbor, Mich. Students had waited for hours in the fall evening for the young presidential hopeful and, even though it was 2 a.m., he met them on steps of Michigan Union at the University of Michigan. He challenged them to use their skills in health, engineering and education to help communities across the globe. He challenged them to serve their country to empower developing nations. They accepted the challenge, and six months later, after Kennedy became the 35th president of the United States, the Peace Corps was established.
Fifty-five years later, Peace Corps is the U.S.’s premiere international service organization, and nearly 220,000 Americans of all ages and backgrounds have served in 140 countries worldwide. To recognize this historic moment, Peace Corps and the University of Michigan are hosting a series of free events for past and future volunteers, Peace…
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