50 years ago this month UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon traveled to the US with the American Red Cross as a young Korean to learn the value of service.  He wrote about that 1962 experience this week in this USA TODAY article.

During that trip, he and other young people met with President John F Kennedy (photo) and that was when he resolved to embark on a life of public service.

This weekend he is meeting up other programme participants for their 50th reunion.  “I have given many speeches in my life, but I have never felt the emotions I am experiencing today,” he said.  Read his full remarks here.

A few photos here:

Welcoming attendees to the Operation VISTA programme 50-year reunion, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “For me, Red Cross put me on a different trajectory…I want to commit myself to a greater cause of humanity.”  Photo Credit: UN Photo/American Red Cross/Niki Clark

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with friends who also participated in the Operation VISTA programme 50 years ago. Photo Credit: UN Photo/American Red Cross/Niki Clark

Participants at NASA Goddard Space Center.  Photo Credit: UN Photo/American Red Cross/Niki Clark

Ban Ki-moon at Nasa Goddard Space Flight Center. Photo Credit: UN Spokesperson

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