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St. Lucia celebrates Peace Corp

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St. Lucia celebrates Peace Corp

Postby KarenS » Sat Oct 14, 2006 7:23 am

Sunday, October 15 marks the 45th anniversary of the arrival of Peace Corps Volunteers in St Lucia.

St Lucia was one of the first nations to respond to President Kennedy’s initiative to offer the services of Americans who would contribute to the development process of interested countries. St Lucia was the second nation worldwide to receive Peace Corps Volunteers, just two hours after their counterparts landed in Ghana in 1961.

To mark this milestone, Peace Corps/St Lucia will “welcome back home” four of the original volunteers from 1961: Fred Brancel, Jac Conaway, Merlin Skretvedt, Carol Watkins, and their families. Current Peace Corps/St. Lucia director Kate Raftery noted, “Their presence will add even greater significance to the celebration.”

The 45th Anniversary celebration will be launched with the opening of an exhibition on the history of Peace Corps in the Caribbean at 10:00 am on Thursday, October 12, 2006 in the courtyard at La Place Carenage. The exhibition will remain through Friday, October 13th and will then move to various communities throughout the island.

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