Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Honored at Boston Red Sox Baseball Game
Returned Volunteer Joe Kennedy III Throws First Pitch
BOSTON, Mass., Aug. 5, 2011 The Boston Red Sox commemorated Peace Corps 50th anniversary and honored the service of more than 7,600 Peace Corps volunteers from the New England region at the Red Soxs game against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on August 4.
Returned Peace Corps volunteer Joe Kennedy III (Dominican Republic, 2004-2006), whose great uncle President John F. Kennedy founded the Peace Corps in 1961, threw a ceremonial first pitch prior to the game. Peace Corps Chief of Staff Stacy Rhodes (Bolivia, 1968-1970) led a pre-game ceremony, which included a Parade of Nations featuring flags from the 76 countries where Peace Corps volunteers currently serve.
We are proud to honor President Kennedys legacy of service and the contributions of past, present and future New England region Peace Corps volunteers, said Peace Corps Chief of Staff Rhodes. Over the past 50 years, more than 200,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps volunteers in 139 countries, promoting peace and friendship around the world.
Since 1961, Massachusetts has produced more than 7,600 Peace Corps volunteers. The Boston-Cambridge-Quincy area is the 5th largest volunteer-producing metro area with 212 Peace Corps volunteers currently serving worldwide.
About the Peace Corps: President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, by executive order. Throughout 2011, Peace Corps is commemorating 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world. Historically, more than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Today, 8,655 volunteers are working with local communities in 76 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.