12/14/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Thousands Gather At University Of Michigan For Peace Corps Anniversary

Members of the University community gathered on the steps of the Michigan Union at 2 a.m. on Thursday, marking 50 years to the moment and place that then-presidential candidate John F. Kennedy delivered his speech that would eventually inspire the formation of the Peace Corps.

There was even a slight drizzle as the event got underway, just as there was that night 50 years ago.

Despite the rain, about 1,500 students, faculty and other Ann Arbor residents gathered for the 2 a.m. celebration Wednesday night, officials said.

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