Silent Ambassadors

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President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on this date in 1961 by Executive Order 10924.  The stated mission of the Peace Corps is:

  1. Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

In other words: try to help make the world a better place.  I can roll with that.  This stamp enthusiast’s paternal progenitor was a Peace Corps Volunteer back in the early days and learned a thing or two about lots of stuff (at least one of which experience involved both a trail-blazing machete and his knee….and a long walk back to his station through the jungle).  Despite certain criticisms, this stamp enthusiast nevertheless believes the Peace Corps to be closer to the kind of service that should be available (…..mandatory?) for the citizens of a privileged nation such as these United States of America than anything I’ve seen so far…and a surer way to produce conscientious, respectful, thoughtful citizens to boot.  So thanks to the roughly 210,000 returned PCVs.  The glow from your fire is truly lighting the world.  And happy Peace Corps Week!

Stamp details:
Stamp on top:
Issued on: February 11, 1972
From: Washington, DC
Designed by: Bradbury Thompson
Illustrated by: David Battle
SC #1447

Stamp in middle:
Issued on: September 17, 1999
From: Green Bay, WI
Designed by: Carl Herrman
Illustrated by: Keith Birdsong
SC #3188f

Stamp on bottom:
Issued on: May 29, 1964
From: Boston, MA
Designed by: Raymond Loewy/William Snaith
SC #1246

(Source: arago.si.edu)

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