Lives Given in the Service of Peace
By Erica Burman on Friday, May 28th, 2010
On this Memorial Day weekend, as we remember those who have given their lives to defend our country in times of war, we at the National Peace Corps Association ask that you also pause to honor those Peace Corps Volunteers, staff, and Returned Volunteers who have lost their lives far from home while in service to the ideals of a world shaped in peace and understanding.
To read the names of the 275 Peace Corps Volunteers who have died in
service over the past 49 years, click here. [Pictured right is the plaque at Peace Corps headquarters commemorating those who have died in during service.] You can also visit the website of the Fallen Peace Corps Volunteers Memorial Project.
In the fall 2009 issue of WorldView magazine, we published a story about how the family of Tessa Horan, a Peace Corps Volunteer who lost her life in Tonga, has taken that tragedy and translated it into a force for good: The Tessa Horan Foundation. You can read this uplifting story here.