U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe on Sept. 22 met with Peace Corps volunteers from Maine who were in the nation’s capital to mark the 50th anniversary of the organization.

Volunteers in the meeting included Marianna Edmunds of Rockport, Joanne and Earl Morse of Waterford, and Dorothy Hassfeld of Brunswick.

“I commend these volunteers for their tremendous service,” Snowe said in a news release. “These Mainers truly exemplify our state’s motto, Dirigo, many times over. The mission and tradition of the Peace Corps is one of understanding, and its progress over the years has been instrumental to promoting the advancement and autonomy of developing countries. I especially applaud the agency for its efforts to fight HIV/AIDS.”