American Presidents Quotes

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Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)

We the people, elect leaders not to rule but to serve.

John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer.  Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past.  Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

Special Remembrance . . . November 22

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Today marks the 56th anniversary of the assassination of American President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.  Being seven years old at the time, my mind will forever hold onto memories of the entire series of events seen on numerous television news bulletins.

At the same time, the moments captured on film and in print showed a nation resolute in its purpose to march forward.  Little did we know what would lie ahead for America with the challenges of civil rights, Vietnam, and much more.

In January, 2019, I wrote about my personal memories as I watched a fallen President’s funeral procession solemnly marching down Pennsylvania Avenue.  The entire nation paused in mourning for its youthful leader.

Here is the link to the poem . . . A Nation Mourns

A Nation Mourns

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A deliberate drum cadence

Solemn . . .

Leading a mournful nation

 

Under sunny autumn skies

Horses . . .

Pulling an army caisson

There is a definite quietness

Prayful . . .

Adding to the moment’s stillness

 

A deliberate drum cadence

Solemn . . .

Leading a mournful nation

 

A moment in time standing still

Unforgettable  . . .

Viewing a flag-draped coffin

A horse follows behind

Riderless . . .

Reversing the boots in stirrups

 

A deliberate drum cadence

Solemn . . .

Leading a mournful nation

 

The military honor guard

Respectfully . . .

Walking ahead of the procession

Thousands line the wide, empty avenue

Faces . . .

Looking humbled and heartbroken

 

A deliberate drum cadence

Solemn . . .

Leading a mournful nation

 

Across the nation in a city

Awestruck . . .

Sitting with second grade classmates

A black and white television

Borrowed . . .

Broadcasting this emotional event

 

A deliberate drum cadence

Solemn . . .

Leading a mournful nation

 

A seven-year old boy sits quietly

Uncertain . . .

Struggling to understand

A nation’s innocence

Shattered . . .

Changing lives forever

 

A deliberate drum cadence

Solemn . . .

Leading a mournful nation

 

Memories will be engraved

Forever . . .

Remembering our fallen President

 

John Fitzgerald Kennedy