Archive - February 15, 2013

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Peace Corps Director Congratulates Senator Harris Wofford for Receiving Presidential Citizens Medal
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Harris Wofford Receives Citizens Medal from President Obama

Peace Corps Director Congratulates Senator Harris Wofford for Receiving Presidential Citizens Medal

Washington, D.C., February 15, 2013 – Harris Wofford, who was instrumental in the formation of the Peace Corps, was honored today with the Presidential Citizens Medal. Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet released to following statement in congratulations. “I cannot think of a more deserving American for this prestigious honor. Senator Wofford’s lifetime of good and gracious service to our country has been exemplary, and he has inspired and guided generations of Americans to serve our communities, our country and our world. Congratulations from everyone in the Peace Corps family to Senator Wofford on this special honor that he so richly deserves.” Senator Wofford worked closely with Sargent Shriver to create the Peace Corps after it was established by executive order on March 1, 1961. Wofford served as the Peace Corps’ special representative to Africa and as Country Director in Ethiopia from 1962 to 1964. Upon returning to Washington, he . . .

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Harris Wofford Receives Citizens Medal from President Obama

[John Gomperts is the former Director of AmeriCorps and is currently President and CEO of America’s Promise. This morning he sent out a message to his staff about Harris Wofford being bestowed with the Citizens Medal. John is a nice guy and he has allowed me to reprint part of his message for our Peace Corps Community.] This is part of what John had to say to his staff about Harris. Also, he had a wonderful and  ‘typical’ Wofford tale to tell. It is a story that those of us who know Harris can certainly relate to: John Gomperts: “In a ceremony at the White House this morning, the President bestowed the Citizens Medal on my and our colleague, mentor, and friend Harris Wofford. I can’t think of a more deserving winner, and I am happy not only for Harris but for all the people and organizations he has influenced, including especially America’s Promise. It . . .

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