November 22, 1963, Dallas, Texas, United States
John F. Kennedy, Assassinated
Some of you will remember this day of infamy. Some of you had not been born yet, but most likely will have learned of this horrific incident in History class. This year marks the 50th anniversary and I can remember the day as though it were yesterday. I was home from high school sick in bed when my mother rushed in and told me to "Get up! President Kennedy's been assassinated!" Even though we're Canadians, we both knew the significance and possible ramifications it could have on our own country, let alone on the United States of America. There is no point in going into the details of the event or the consequences since we're all aware of them. Suffice to say that we should remember him and his family and what he did for his country and beyond.
Some of JFK's famous quotes:
"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty."
"Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind."
"Let us not seek the Republican or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."
"Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."
November 11th is called "Remembrance Day" in Canada and "Veterans Day" in the USA. Perhaps November 22nd should be called something other than the day Kennedy died. Your thoughts?