Dedication of Peace Corps Memorial in Asleton Park, Hyannis Harbor (October 14, 2012)
By Sarah Kana on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
The Cape and Islands Returned Peace Corps Association (an associated group of the Boston Returned Peace Corps Volunteers member group) will dedicate a commemorative stone on the Kennedy Legacy trail on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. This date is the anniversary of Kennedy’s first mention of a Peace Corps in his campaign speech at University of Michigan. The memorial commemorates the leadership of President Kennedy and Peace Corps’ first Director Sargent Shriver and the legacy of service of thousands of volunteers and Peace Corps staff. Station 7 is located off South St., on the East side of Michael K. Aselton Park, at the head of Hyannis Harbor.
Former state Representative Matt Patrick, who served in Ghana, will serve as master of ceremonies. Bob Terry of Orleans, one of the first Peace Corps staff members in 1961, will speak about the Peace Corps and new service opportunities.
Keynote speaker Dr. David Magani, who served in Kenya and later as staff in Kenya, Botswana and Malaysia, is also a former State Representative and Northeast representative emeritus to National Peace Corps Association served as a volunteer in Botswana and Malasia (1968-71) and as staff in Kenya . Dr Magnani will be stepping down from the NPCA board later this fall.
Chairman of the memorial committee, Eric Ericson of East Falmouth, who served in Columbia, will present the memorial.
Since the founding of Peace Corps in 1961, more than 210,000 Volunteers have served in 139 countries, working on issues such as agriculture and environmental preservation; business training; education (teaching and teacher training); English as a second language; nursing and health education.
After more than 50 years Peace Corps is still an integral part of U.S. foreign policy with over 8,000 volunteers currently serving. Volunteers are still achieving the three goals of Peace Corps service: to provide requested technical services to host countries; to show America to the world; and to help Americans at home learn about others around the world.
The Cape and Islands are now home to well over 100 Returned Volunteers (RPCVs) and staff. Organizers encourage the public to attend, especially those who might be interested in serving in Peace Corps or other domestic or foreign programs. There will be time for meeting and greeting after the dedication with many local RPCVs who will be there to share service pictures, anecdotes and souvenirs of service.