Speech to Text for Peace corps marker
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school./// a man is making history in plainview. kimt news 3's brooke mckivergan spent her evening with one of the first ever peace corps volunteers. brooke? katie thanks to (kevin flies, this marker is in plainview and tomorrow the lives of all of the peace corps members we've lost will be remembered as the state celebrates it's first ever minnesota peace corps day.xxx "after 19 years on a dairy farm where youre there every day and i was ready for a break and to go some place and try some adventure." and an adventure is what kevin flies got. he applied for the peace corps in 1961 when president kennedy issued a call about the formation of a new group. "i got accepted to a project in brazil, a project that they were developing in the san francisco valley." flies was 1 of the first 3 thousand volunteers that were part of what has been called 'one of americas greatest social experiments' and 1 of 4 being shipped off from little plainview. "i went to my project alone... there were 4 of us that all went in at about the same time." flies is the only one still alive. "thats probably because i was the youngest, i was 19" the others were already in their 20s. "that's life, ya know? i thank god i'm still here." after 21 months away from home, flies returned to plainview to finish college, become a successful entreprenuer and author. "i kept a small diary that i took 1500 miles down the amazon with me and i meticulously wrote in every single day." part of being in the peace corps is making the world a better place. "to come back and give back to the communities that sent you and brought you up to be the person you are to go and do these things." and because of flies, plainview minnesota is home to the only piece corps marker in the united states. "but theres been over 300 that have died and it's amazing that there isn't something more in the country to honor these people." he wrote a proclimation to the governors office and now, tomorrow will be the first official minnesota peace corps day. flies encourages anyone who has the chance?to give a little bit of themselves and join?because what you'll get in return is indescribable. "the wonderful tomorrows ceremony is at 2 p?m at the great river ridge bike trail in plainview.... the president and c?e?o of the peace corps will give a presentation./// thank you brooke, and if you want to learn more about ken flies' (fleece) story, you can find his book 'into the backlands' on amazon./// it's a small step in the right