Monday, November 21
I AM JAMES H. McAULEY from Cleveland, Ohio. I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 6/62 to 6/65 in LaCeiba, Honduras with the Honduran National Social Welfare Agency.
John F. Kennedy gave each of us as citizens of this (great) country and to each Peace Corps Volunteer a gift, his vision that people from around the world could interface with each other in a personal, human way for their mutual betterment.
President Kennedy has given us an energetic, vibrant, living vision of hope that people who would dare to risk sharing divergent values and cultures could improve the human condition of all mankind by working to solve social/economic problems through relating to each other as other human beings.
A vision of people of one country sharing with people of another country life’s joys and sorrows. A vision that people who stumble through language barriers and customs to care about each other so that each could grow and develop. From the vision evolved an unreserved and unrequited personal regard for others by host country nationals, co-workers and Peace Corps Volunteers.
The instrumental job of nurses, social workers, educators, agronomist, etc., has been shadowed with the spirit of hope that the dove of peace and the harvest of mutual endeavors is a far greater attribute to mankind than disregard, competition or conflict.
President Kennedy’s vision created a new political tradition that people can come together to sow, to reap, to labor, to share in a meaningful caring respectful peaceful way to enrich each of us.
President Kennedy’s Peace Corps vision has touched us all at home and aboard to make us richer in our personal endeavors to use peace and development to effect social policy, to resolve common problems, and to develop programs that benefit us all.
President Kennedy has given us the vision, the 120,000 Volunteers have established the tradition of peace and development.
Today, we honor President Kennedy’s memory. Today and tomorrow and all the tomorrows we continue his vision and our tradition, our struggle for world peace.