Press Release: National Peace Corps Association Applauds Bipartisan Passage of Commemorative Legislation
Washington, DC — January 14th, 2014 — The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), the nation’s leading organization connecting and championing Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and the Peace Corps community, today praised final congressional passage of legislation authorizing space near the National Mall for the establishment of a commemorative work to mark the lasting historic significance of the founding of the Peace Corps in 1961 and the ideals represented by Peace Corps service.
Monday evening’s unanimous approval of Peace Corps commemorative legislation marked the final step in passage of the bill. The Senate had unanimously approved the legislation last June.
“On behalf of the NPCA, I want to thank the bipartisan group of Senate and House leaders who led the way in guiding the commemorative legislation to final passage,” said NPCA President Glenn Blumhorst (Guatemala 1988-1991). I also want to extend our thanks and congratulations to all the members of the Peace Corps community who over the past four years wrote a letter, made a phone call, or participated in a meeting to urge passage of the commemorative legislation.”
NPCA highlighted the bipartisan leadership of Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Mark Udall (D-CO) in ensuring swift passage of Senate legislation last June. In the House, NPCA recognized RPCV Congressman Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA) for securing passage of the legislation – the first bill he introduced as a new member of Congress. NPCA also noted the steadfast, bipartisan support of the other four RPCVs who were original co-sponsors of the bill: Congressmen Sam Farr (D-CA), Tom Petri (R-WI), John Garamendi (D-CA) and Mike Honda (D-CA).
The commemorative legislation, which now heads to President Obama for his signature, authorizes the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation (PCCF) to carry out the next steps to bring the commemorative from concept to reality. The President of the PCCF, Roger Lewis, notes important work lies ahead. “Creating the Commemorative will require procuring a site on federal land in the heart of the nation’s capital; generating a Commemorative concept and design for the site; obtaining design approvals and building permits; and finally constructing the Commemorative. And, of course, funding all this will depend entirely on contributions. But I am confident that necessary financial support will be forthcoming – from the RPCV community and from thousands of individuals, corporations and foundations – motivated by belief in what the Peace Corps stands for and the American ideals and values its historic founding represents.”
About the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA)
Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is the nation’s leading 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization connecting and championing Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community. It provides service and education opportunities that build on the Peace Corps experience, and is also the longest-standing advocate for an independent and robust Peace Corps. To learn more, visit: www.peacecorpsconnect.org
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