Saturday, January 22, 2011

"President Kennedy's Inaugural Words Still Relevant Today!"

Fifty years ago on January 21st, 1961, President Kennedy delivered his well remembered Inaugural Speech. His words,"Ask not what America can do for you-ask what you can do for your country." inspired many of my generation to be active in public affairs and committed to helping others both here and abroad. One program that was created out of this vision was what we came to know as the Peace Corps

The founding director of the Peace Corp was Sargent Shriver, who died earlier this week at the age of 95. According to those who knew him well, Sargent Shriver dedicated his life to helping others and bringing out the best in us in accomplishing that effort. As he once said, "Learn more about others — know their hopes and dreams, find out what makes them smile and what makes them weep." Through his efforts, millions of people around the world were helped by the programs he spearheaded, not only the Peace Corps, but also the War on Poverty during the 90's. In the end, he made a great difference in the lives of millions. Perhaps today, in light of the Tucson tragedy, the words of both these great men, carry meaning to this day.

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