Friday, November 22, 2013

50 years ago today

How many of us remember where we were today fifty years ago?  I believe that was the day which is still etched the minds of us till today.  As for me, we have just completed sitting for our Form 3 LCE exam and a group of us decided to take a cycling trip to Puchong to visit our American Peace Corp teacher, Mrs Mary Weinhold, who was hospitalised at the Kinarara Army Camp.  In the course of our journey, one of my classmates, panting away, pulled up to us and cried out, "Kennedy is dead, Kennedy is dead!".  We took a break beside the road and asked him from where did he receive the news.  He said it was from the Voice of America (radio), a station his father regularly tuned to.

All of us were just shocked.  Mind you, we were in Form 3, merely 15 years old and have never met John F Kennedy before in person.  He was not even our leader, yet, this man had such a profound impact on us all.  We will always remember this famous quote from his inaugural speech made in November 1960, "Ask not what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country."

The beginning of the Presidency -

The end of the Presidency, November 22 1963 -

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