Getting to the Point: The Kennedy Legacy and the Call to Service
Thursday, June 4, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
President John F. Kennedy and Senator Edward M. Kennedy were champions of service, helping build the modern national service movement through the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and other initiatives. On March 25, the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service released its report, Inspired to Serve, with 164 recommendations and a long-term goal to create a renewed culture of service, where every American is eager and inspired to serve.
Nearly 60 years ago, President Kennedy inspired generations of Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” Now, as the harmful impacts of the novel coronavirus continue to unfold, many are asking how they can stay engaged in civic life and play a role in helping build community resilience.
Moderated by AnnMaura Connolly, President, Voices for National Service and Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, City Year, conversation included:
• Mark Gearan, Vice Chair of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service
• Avril Haines, Commissioner of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service
• Dr. Jon Santiago, Massachusetts State Representative for the 9th Suffolk District
• Adam Strong, Council Member of National Council of Young Leaders
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service hosted a discussion on how building a culture of service can strengthen our communities and our democracy.