John F. Kennedy

JFK and 3 year old John John- 10/15/63

JFK and 3 year old John John- 10/15/63

Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  For those of us who are old enough to remember him, we understand the importance of this day.  For those who came along later, it might seem odd to keep making such a fuss after all this time.

This Is What You Missed

He made us proud of who and what we were.  He reminded us of our generosity, our humanity, our goodness.  He sent our young people as peaceful ambassadors to administer to the poor and the needy all over the world.  He called it the “Peace Corps“.   We helped people in far away lands learn how to tend their animals, rotate crops, increase their harvests and feed their communities.

Kennedy's Peace Corps

Kennedy’s Peace Corps

He challenged us to reach for the moon and he started our space program.  He made us believe in ourselves.  We could do whatever we aspired to do, we could prosper, we could grow, we could walk on the moon.

John started the moon program

John started the moon program

And when Dr. Martin Luther King needed protection from angry white mobs, as well as local police, attacking civil rights marchers in the south, he authorized his brother, Bobby, to send the National Guard.  Those were turbulent times.

Turbulent '60's

Turbulent ’60’s

Abuse of Civil Rights Protesters

Abuse of Civil Rights Protesters

It was a black and white world back then in more ways than one.

Child Crosses Color Barrier

Child Crosses Color Barrier

And this is how that ended:

The John F. Kennedy Assassination

The John F. Kennedy Assassination (Photo credit: Jesse757)

Finis

Finis

An entire nation died that day, not just a man.  Look around you now and ask yourself if you are proud to be an American.  In 1963, we were.

John John Saluting His Dad

John John Saluting His Dad

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