Massachusetts Pays Tribute to JFK

By Joshua Powers 12-02-13

35th President, John F. Kennedy Photo Credit: Cecil Stoughton, White House Public Domain / Creative Commons

35th President, John F. Kennedy
Photo Credit: Cecil Stoughton, White House
Public Domain / Creative Commons

His life began in Massachusetts.

Governor Deval Patrick and other state officials came together recently to honor late President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his death.

There were no spoken words at the State House ceremony. Taps were played while a wreath of white roses was placed on the statue of Kennedy during his senatorial years.

The Boston Globe spoke to Patrick about the day he learned of Kennedy’s death. He was a 7th grader in Chicago.

“It was the first time I ever saw my grandfather cry, the experience of that loss so affected people like us, who were as far away from the White House as you can imagine being,” Governor Patrick said.

Many at the tribute had remembrances of that day. Some recall being let out of school early and hearing adults crying. Some spoke of the way the country came together to mourn the loss of a great man. The Kennedy assassination and its impact on the United States remains in the hearts and minds of the nation.