Words/events which shaped me and many others

John Fitzgerald Kennedy
35th President of the United States of America

"Ask not what your country can do for you . . . . Ask what you can do for your country"
And so it was that a great number of Americans took his words to heart and joined the Peace Corps.
Many were sent to Sarawak. I remember and honour Mr Roger Valentine of Alliance, Ohio who served in Kuching in 1968 - 1970.
Selflessness is a virtue.

JFK's death by assassination in November 1963 was deeply affecting.
I was fortunate enough to be able to pay my respects in person in 2012 at Arlington:

Arlington National Cemetery,
Arlington County, Virginia
It is located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
To get there from downtown, one can take the Blue Line of the Washington Metro to Arlington Cemetery station and walk up Memorial Avenue.

August 2012: "Mr President, I am here."
President Kennedy is buried here a short distance away from the original burial site.
Alongside him is his wife Jacqueline and two children.
An eternal flame burns for him.

You may wish to read one one of the many biographies on JFK:
"John F. Kennedy: An Unfinished Life 1917 - 1963"
Robert Dallek (2013)
ISBN-10: 0141976587



Robert Francis Kennedy
US Senator and 1968 Presidential Candidate

"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask "Why?"
I dream of things that never were and ask "Why not?"
His death in June 1968, also by assassination like his brother JFK, was equally deeply affecting.

RFK's purposefully simple grave site is a few paces away from JFK's.
August 2012

05 May 2021






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