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    Posted October 19, 2013 by
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    When you heard JFK was killed

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    I was just a little girl, age five, when John F. Kennedy was killed, but I remember vividly that day when we were quietly brought home from school and my family all in front of the television set for hours, everyone somber and in disbelief. From that day, there were so many reports of his famous speech and the promotion of the ideals of the Peace Corps that it was made a part of me as many years later, I've now completed my service, extended service and then extended service again.   Now, two new continents, five languages and twenty countries later, as an adult in my fifties, I realize the entire scope of his vision, and although I was just a child then, his message was the reason for many of the accomplishments I've made, the years of education, the constant intercultural dialogue and what I've been able to give back as my own contribution to world peace. Without JFK, I don't believe that I would ever have become the global citizen who I am today.  Back then, believing in Santa Claus was a good thing and it still is, but believing in the power that comes from going beyond your limits, opening new doors, and your own ability to afford positive change is better.

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