Making a connection between Peace Corps and World War II

Making a connection between Peace Corps and World War II.

By Bud Weisbart - Peace Corps Volunteer, Thailand (1963 - 1965)

There was a bridge in Kanchanaburi Thailand

built over the River Kwai and

immortalized in a movie of the same name in 1957

The bridge was built by prisoners in World War II

who had been captured by the Japanese

At the end of where the bridge had been built

is a cemetery holding the remains of the many prisoners

who died during the construction of the bridge

One of the headstones in the cemetery reads

"Into the Mosaic of Victory, this Precious Piece Was Placed"

As I reflected on my Peace Corps experience

when reading this inscription

it was my hope that

into the mosaic of peace in the world

we were contributing similar precious pieces


This poem was entered in the returned Volunteer category for the 2015 Peace Corps Poetry Contest. The contest received more than 1,000 submissions, representing over 50 years of Peace Corps service in more than 100 countries.

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