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National monument honors AARP founder for lifelong dedication to service

Oct. 12, 2011

Media Relations

National monument honors
AARP founder for lifelong dedication to service

WASHINGTON, DC – AARP today announced its founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, will be recognized posthumously on The Extra Mile – Points of Light Volunteer Pathway – the country’s only national monument dedicated to the spirit of volunteering in America. The Extra Mile, officially established by Points of Light Institute in 2005, is formed by a series of bronze medallions along a one-mile walking path in downtown Washington, D.C.

Other honorees of The Extra Mile include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jane Addams, Susan B. Anthony and Cesar Chavez, to name a few. On Oct. 14, 2005 President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush dedicated The Extra Mile by inducting the first 20 honorees. To date, 33 individuals have been honored with medallions along The Extra Mile, which will eventually stretch one mile and include 70 extraordinary service leaders.

“Dr. Andrus lived by the motto ‘to serve and not be served.’ This honor from Points of Light is a grand tribute for a person who believed in making life better for all,” said Barb Quaintance, senior vice president for volunteer and civic engagement at AARP.

“She often gave of herself, fighting tirelessly for the rights of older Americans. Dr. Andrus’ legacy lives on today in AARP’s steadfast commitment to service. We are so pleased that she is being recognized with the likes some of the nation’s other great civic leaders.”
Founded by Dr. Andrus in 1958, AARP is the largest organization for people 50 and older. The association continues to honor its founder by connecting its members to a wide range of opportunities to serve others. Today, more than nine million people engage in AARP’s work as volunteers, donors and activists. AARP’s volunteer programs provide more than $187 million in economic impact. Through AARP Create the Good people can connect to ways to make a difference. For more information or to find local volunteer opportunities visit

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

About Points of Light Institute
Points of Light Institute inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. The Institute has a global focus to redefine volunteerism and civic engagement for the 21st century, putting people at the center of community problem solving. We are organized to innovate, incubate and activate new ideas that help people act upon their power to make a difference. Points of Light Institute operates three divisions that share our mission: HandsOn Network, generationOn and AmeriCorps Alums. For more information, visit

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