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2013 Presidential Inauguration Parade


January 4, 2013

Dear Friends,
It is with much regret that I write to inform you that the Peace Corps Community, which represents the joint efforts of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington DC (RPCV/W), was not selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) to participate in the 57th Presidential Inauguration Parade this month. 
We learned of this decision in late December, and despite numerous appeals we were informed that the PIC wanted a smaller parade this year, which resulted in a decision to reduce the number of participants – including our group. Our bid to march was a 6-month collaborative effort between our members and the NPCA, exchanging ideas and following an established plan based on our last successful experience when we led 180 marchers at the 56th Inaugural in January 2009. 
Although I regret the PIC’s decision, I am proud of the work that the Peace Corps Community committed to this undertaking and I look forward to all that we can accomplish in our next venture. Our absence in the parade will not lessen the contributions that the Peace Corps Community has made in service to the United States, in the fulfillment of the three goals of Peace Corps. 
To this end, we note that President Obama has called on all citizens to recognize January 19th as a national day of service and spend some time doing service work across the country. We thank you for your enthusiasm and your passion, and hope you will apply it to serving your communities as you have served the peoples of the world. 

Kind regards,

Corey Taylor, Benin 97-99
Chair, RPCV/W Inaugural Committee
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington DC (RPCV/W)  
  • Wednesday, November 21, 2012 3:12 PM | Corey Taylor
    Dear Fellow RPCVs,

    With some nimble footwork, RPCV/W's Inaugural Parade Subcommittee was able to submit its application on time for the Inaugural Parade selection process.  After the National Capital Region-Joint Team Parade (JTM) gathers all the applications, they'll be reviewed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC).  We should know of their decision by mid-December.  Until then, I'll keep you posted on any relevant news for this effort.  Wish us luck!

    Also, anyone wishing to contact me regarding the parade can reach me at [email protected].  Until then, I hope each of you have a Thanksgiving full of kindness and appreciation.

    Take Care,
    Corey Taylor
    Inaugural Parade Director
    RPCV, Benin 
  • Monday, October 22, 2012 7:54 PM | Corey Taylor

    The Second Inaugural Parade Subcommittee meeting had a pretty energetic turnout on Thursday Oct.18th.  Board members, past and present, in addition to non-Board members, rounded out the fellowship of nine individuals willing to apply their logistical skills to the parade.  We're anticipating participation from the larger Returned Volunteer Community, as was the case in previous parades, with participants possibly coming from across the nation.  

    But before any of that can happen, the Subcommittee will have to comply with the application of the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region Committee (JTF-NCR).  That group is composed of military officials operating on a non-partisan basis, providing security and logistics to the parade.  We're always interested in getting additional support, and we'll need many hands to help this succeed on January 21st 2013.  The Third Inaugural Parade Subcommittee Meeting will take place at the Reef in Adams Morgan on Monday Oct. 29th, 6:30pm!

    Perhaps we'll see you there!

    Corey Taylor
    Small Enterprise Development Volunteer
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, DC 
PO Box 75085 – Washington, DC – 20013 
501 (c)(3) Fed. ID: 52-1194965

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