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.