WASHINGTON — As the world remembers President John F. Kennedy’s legacy and the 50th anniversary of his assassination, Kennedy’s great nephew is requesting that Congress consider memorializing one of his key policy initiatives, the Peace Corps.
Representative Joseph P. Kennedy of Massachusetts testified Thursday before the House Committee on Natural Resources for a bill that would let the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation establish a memorial on federal land.
During the 52-year history of the Peace Corps, more than 210,000 Americans have served in a variety of capacities ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation in 139 countries. Currently more than 8,000 Peace Corps volunteers work in developing countries to assist local communities.
Kennedy, who served in the Peace Corps himself, said Americans will have to work harder to remember his great uncle’s “unshakable belief that he held that if we could export the fruits of our labor and fruits of our land, then we could surely export the most fundamental and precious American commodity of all — our values.”
But Kennedy stressed that the memorial would not be about the achievements of one leader, “but the potential of a people who are challenged to change the world.”
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