The e-mails have now gone out to those who will be representing the Peace Corps Community in the Presidential Inaugural Parade on January 20 in Washington DC. (You can see a list here.)
Here are some quick stats:
203 individuals will represent the National Peace Corps on Inauguration Day 2009.
- 136 Females (67%)
- 67 Males (33%)
The ages and experiences of these marchers span over three generations:
- The eldest (Sen. Harris Wofford) was born in 1926 is now 82 years of age.
- The youngest marchers will include grandchildren of Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver.
- Marcher Mitchell Kent (Thailand 92-93) shares a birthday with the man of the hour (August 4th).
All possible decades of volunteering in the Peace Corps will be represented in this march.
Peace Corps Volunteers make up 165 of the 200 Marchers
- 1960s – 12.7%
- 1970s – 7.9%
- 1980s – 11.5%
- 1990s – 24.2%
- 2000s – 43.6%
The marchers have volunteered in 100 of the 139 countries where Peace Corps has had a presence, representing 5 continents and 7 different regions.
- 6 PCVs will represent Bolivia and Thailand.
- Honduras, Madagascar and Ukraine all have 5 PCV marchers.
- 4 for Ecuador.
- 3 for Benin, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Cote D’ivoire, the Gambia, Liberia, Mali, Nepal, Romania and Sierra Leone.
- 2 for countries such as Belize, Botswana, Columbia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Phillipes, Zambia and others
- Afghanistan, Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Eritrea, Iran, Libya, Pakistan, Palau, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Yemen are among some of the less "typical"/less well known Peace Corps countries with a representative in this parade.
Once more, a complete list of all marchers can be viewed here.