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Peace Corps Day

Peace, Corps, Day

Date When Celebrated : Always March 1

On this day in 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 10924 establishing the Peace Corps. Then, on September 21, 1961, the U.S. Congress approved the Peace Corps Act.

Peace Corps Day commemorates the creation of this very important U.S. government run program,

The Peace Corps is a volunteer program. It was established to send an "army" of civilian volunteers to underdeveloped countries, assisting in a wide variety of ways. The official mission of the Peace Corps is to provide social and economic development abroad through technical assistance, while promoting mutual understanding between Americans and populations served. Volunteers are American citizens, often college graduates straight out of school. The volunteers undergo 3 months of training, followed by a two year service assignment in practically any area of the world where they are needed. Volunteers can request and extension of their assignment.

Use Peace Corp Day to recognize the importance of the Peace Corps program, and to show appreciation to the many volunteers.

Did You Know? Over 235,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps and served in over 140 countries.

Origin of Peace Corps Day

The creation and purpose of the Peace Corps is well documented.

However, we do not know who established Peace Corps Day, or when it was first celebrated.

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