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Peace Corps celebrates 50 years of contributions

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Peace Corps 50th Global House Party

West Michigan premiere of the documentary "A Passing of the Torch"

March 1st, 6:30 p.m.

Wealthy Theater, 1110 Wealthy St.  SE, Grand Rapids

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March 1, 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the day on which President Kennedy signed the executive order that established Peace Corps as an independent government agency devoted to promoting world peace and friendship.  Since that day, more than 200,000 Americans have shared their professional knowledge and skills with communities in more than 130 countries around the world.  Even more importantly, those who served as Peace Corps Volunteers have returned to their communities in the United States to bring the world back home. 

To celebrate the contribution of returned Peace Corps Volunteers and to explore the avenues for future service, the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of West Michigan, located in Grand Rapids, is commemorating this anniversary by screening "A Passing of the Torch," a documentary created by the University of Michigan. This sixty minute film traces the steps taken by President Kennedy one very early morning in Ann Arbor backed by the support of students willing to take the challenge of giving service abroad.


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