7. Peace Corps Memorial

The Peace Corps was established by President John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961. JFK sought to encourage mutual understanding between Americans and people of other nations and cultures by sending volunteers from the U.S. to work in developing countries. Sergeant Shriver was the Peace Corps first director. Since its creation, some 240,000 Peace Corps volunteers have served in over 142 countries. This memorial commemorates the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Peace Corps.

The Peace Corps

President John F. Kennedy officially created the Peace Corp on March 1st, 1961. Since that day more than 240,000 Americans have served in 142 countries fulfilling President Kennedy’s vision of helping less fortunate countries by sending able-bodied young college graduates where they were needed around the world. The Peace Corps is an independent agency and program of the U.S. government that has continued to this day.

The Kennedy Children

John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy had two children, John Jr. and Caroline. Caroline was born on November 27, 1957. he was just three years old when her father became President. Caroline, any attorney, has written several best-selling books, and has served as U.S. Ambassador to Japan in the Obama administration and in the same role to Australia in the Biden administration. Caroline was married on Cape Cod in 1986 and has three children and one grandchild (as of 2024.)  

John F. Kennedy, Jr was born on November 25, 1960, just days after his father was elected President. He was an attorney, journalist and publisher (George Magazine.)  A recreational pilot, John Jr. and his wife and sister-in-law were killed in a tragic plane crash just off the island of Martha’s Vineyard in July of 1999.