Sargent Shriver’s Swearing-In Ceremony as Ambassador to France

Sargent Shriver was sworn in as the Ambassador to France on May 7th, 1968 in Washington, D.C. Dean Rusk, Secretary of State at the time, swore him in and made remarks. US Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren was also in attendance. Sargent Shriver’s brief address is notable for his emphasis on justice and peace. He reflects back on his role in creating the Peace Corps, and alludes to the Vietnam peace talks, which were just beginning in Paris as he began his tenure.

Peace requires the simple but powerful recognition that what we have in common as human beings is more important and crucial than what divides us.
Sargent Shriver
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