Peace Corps Month
WHEREAS, The Peace Corps has become an enduring symbol of our nation’s commitment to encourage progress, create opportunity, and expand development at the grassroots level in the developing world; and
WHEREAS, More than 200,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in 139 countries since 1961 and over the past 50 years, 546 men and women from North Dakota, including 39 from the city of Fargo, and 42 from Bismarck have responded to our nation’s call to serve by joining the Peace Corps; and
WHEREAS, Peace Corps Volunteers have made significant and lasting contributions around the world in agriculture, business development, youth development, education, health and HIV/AIDS, and the environment, and have improved the lives of individuals and communities around the world; and
WHEREAS, Corps Volunteers have strengthened the ties of friendship and understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries; and
WHEREAS, It is fitting to recognize the achievements of the Peace Corps and honor its Volunteers, past and present, and reaffirm our country’s commitment to helping people help themselves throughout the world, helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served, and helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
NOW, THEREFORE, as Governor of the State of North Dakota, I do hereby proclaim March 2011 as PEACE CORPS MONTH in the state of North Dakota.