Please join RPCVW on Saturday May 29th from 5:00pm until 6:30pm
at Arlington National Cemetery
to participate in our Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony to honor President John F. Kennedy’s Birthday
. President Kennedy established the Peace Corps Act on March 1, 1961 through Executive Order 10924. From this act, our ceremony honors his challenge for Americans to serve their country in the cause of peace through working abroad in developing countries.
We will have a brief ceremony at the 101st Airborne Memorial located just off Memorial Drive on the right side of the street South of Arlington Cemetery Metro. The Memorial can be identified by a large metal stature of an eagle on a marble column, which is visible from a distance. We will then proceed to the gravesite in unison for a moment of silence and the laying of 13 roses representing the original 13 Peace Corps countries. Kevin F. F. Quigley, President of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), Tamar Schiffman, President of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington DC (RPCVW), and C.D. Glin, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Peace Corps will be in attendance. In addition, Ambassador Daniel Ohene Agyekum of Ghana, and Ambassador Ombeni Sefue of Tanzania (two of the first Peace Corps countries in the 1960s) have confirmed their ability to join us during the ceremony.
We are asking that all RPCVs
attend this event, especially if you served during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. We are seeking RPCVs from each of the original 13 Peace Corps Countries to participate in the 13 Roses Ceremony. Those countries are: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ghana, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, St. Lucia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Thailand. If you are interested in participating and served in one of the following countries during the early years of Peace Corps, please contact me at the email address below; also for general questions regarding the event. For those traveling by Metro: Arlington National Cemetery is located on the Blue Line in the direction of Franconia-Springfield, at the Arlington Cemetery Stop. Visitor information about Arlington National Cemetery can be found on their website
Community Service Director, RPCV/w
P.S. After the ceremony, we will have a social gathering among friends to reflect on Kennedy's legacy and our mutual Peace Corps experiences at Café Asia, which is located at 1550 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington, VA. Café Asia is a few blocks up Wilson from the Rosslyn Metro Stop. We have the café reserved from 7pm until 8:30pm.