In Honor of the 52Nd Anniversary of Peace Corpsby Representative Sam Farr
Posted on 2013-02-28
in the house of representatives
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Mr. FARR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the 52nd anniversary of
Peace Corps. For over 5 decades, through war and conflict, Peace Corps
has sent Americans to distant lands to serve others in the common cause
of global peace. Since 1961, over 210,000 Americans have served at the
request of 139 developing countries. I am proud to be a part of these
ranks. Peace Corps changed my life. And it changes the lives of those
who serve and the communities that are served.
As I speak, over 8,000 Americans are serving in 76 countries. This includes my constituent Nelly Alcantar from King City, CA. Nelly is helping English teachers with lesson planning, classroom management and language development in Panama. She also started an adult community English course. Then there's Jonathan Lupisan from Salinas, CA. He's a Community Health Education Volunteer in Suriname who helped build a computer lab at the local primary school and developed illustrations for a water and sanitation project manual.
Mr. Speaker, I commend Nelly, Jonathan and the hundreds of thousands of other Peace Corps Volunteers, past and present for fulfilling the vision of President John F. Kennedy. You represent America's highest ideals: peace, equality and friendship. Thank you for your service.