Shriver Condolences Delivered
By Guest Contributor on Thursday, April 28th, 2011
“Proud to have been a ‘Sarge’ volunteer.
Proud to have answered his call, ‘Serve, serve, serve!’
Thank you, Sarge, for the opportunity to change lives.”
On April 27th, NPCA representatives met with Shriver’s son Tim at his Special Olympics office in downtown Washington, D.C. to present the family with a condolence book from members of the Peace Corps community. For a few weeks after the passing of this visionary leader, NPCA gathered responses from RPCVs all across the world, wishing to pay their respects to the man whose vision shaped America’s peaceful diplomacy for the past half century. (See R. Sargent Shriver: 1911-2011)
Within the book of condolences are the recollections from nearly 650 Peace Corps volunteers representing every decade of Peace Corps service. Contributors range from volunteers who were in the first group in their country, to currently serving volunteers, to the parents of RPCVs. The collection tells of life-changing stories from dozens of Peace Corps countries and demonstrates how Sargent Shriver’s visionary legacy lives on to this day.
Throughout the book, RPCVs praise Sarge’s leadership, thanking him for inspiring their service, their dedication, and their love of peace-building through global cultural interaction. As Fran Kennedy of Sacramento, California wrote, “Sarge will remain as the brightest shining star in the Peace Corps crown as it is carried into many more countries in the world.”
Follow this link to read the reflections and tributes to Sargent Shriver.
Very special thanks to NPCA intern Jocelyn Fong for contributing this blog post, and for compiling the condolences for this project.