The funeral for Sargent Shriver— more commonly known as “Sarge”— is being held today at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac, MD.
The man’s resume reads like a long grocery list, as he founded numerous organizations, including Head Start, Job Corps, VISTA, Community Action, Upward Bound, Foster Grandparents, Legal Services, the Shriver Center, Indian and Migrant Opportunities, and Neighborhood Health Services. This was all in addition to directing the Peace Corps and remaining an active member of the Special Olympics, which was founded by his wife, Eunice Kennedy.
About 800 invited guests were expected to file into the church to honor the man, including Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Muhammad Ali, Clint Eastwood, and Nancy Pelosi. And guest speakers like Joe Biden and Bill Clinton planned to speak at the service.
We can all thank the Sarge for bettering the lives of others and allowing opportunities, like the Peace Corps, to exist.