Please join RPCVW on Sunday May 29th from 4:30pm until 6:00pm 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 statue 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. Anne Baker, Vice-President of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) will be in attendance.
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