As the nation or maybe the whole world pauses to remember the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years to the day, My mind wanders to Tehran and the moment I heard the news. I was 15. It was Saturday morning and I was on my way to school (Saturday in Iran is a school day) I remember the exact spot where I met my friend and when she asked me if I have heard the news and I said, "what news?" And she told me that President Kennedy was killed.
My brother tells me on that Saturday morning when he went to school, he saw the boys were reading newspaper and the title in bold letters (of course in Farsi) said that President Kennedy died. My husband says on that Saturday morning when he went to school, there was a line written on the black-board which read, "Our master died."
It was a somber day for America however many people around the world shared the sentiments. The world saw JFK as a hero standing for the ideals of freedom. I think no other president has achieved such a global admiration and left an indelible legacy and all that was achieved only within 1000 days of his presidency. Here are the words not too often heard from the inaugural address on January 22, 1961.
“My fellow citizens of the world: Ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”
The following is a post by Jack Neworth in Santa Monica Daily Press.
He remembers the day JFK took a dip in Santa Monica
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