“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -John F. Kennedy
I watch as the three flags standing in front of the university’s most prominent building gets lowered to half mass. Pictures are quietly taken and shared on social media sites as thousands of other similar events solemnly take place around the nation. The children of the sixties tell us how they remember exactly where they were when they heard the tragic news.
As I flip on the television I similarly scenes. Five thousand people attending “The 50th: Honoring the Memory of John F. Kennedy” in Dallas, Texas listen to readings from author David McCullough, songs giving tribute to JFK’s military service and an Air Force flyover before a moment of silence.
Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy we are still remembering him and all the events that surrounded him in his presidency such as the Space Race with initiating Project Apollo that culminated in the moon landing and the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
He spoke eloquently about striving to create a better future for our country and attempted to act on his words giving them vitality, and his presidential legacy continues to remind us to try and do the same.
“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.” -John F. Kennedy