Red, white and blue Empire State Building to honor Peace Corps' 50th
President Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Peace Corps. (Peace Corps photo)
March 1st, 2011
09:15 AM ET

Red, white and blue Empire State Building to honor Peace Corps' 50th

The Empire State Building will be illuminated in red, white and blue today to honor the golden anniversary of President Kennedy signing the order that created the Peace Corps.

Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps and its mission to promote peace and friendship across the globe. Since 1961, more than 200,000 American Peace Corps volunteers have served in 139 countries.

Volunteers help people in developing countries build better lives for themselves. Their work includes helping farmers increase food production, health education, teaching computer and multimedia skills and countless other initiatives.

"Throughout our history, the Peace Corps has adapted and responded to the issues of the times," Peace Corps director Aaron S. Williams said in a press release. "In an ever-changing world, volunteers meet challenges with innovation and compassion." FULL POST