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IN MY OPINION . . .

Remembering JFK on his 100th Birthday

I wrote this piece to remember and honor President Kennedy in November 2013, on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. It's a happier occasion now to repeat it on his centennial, May 29, 2017.

As commander-in-chief of all our armed services, President John F. Kennedy was supposed to be impartial, especially regarding that greatest of inter-service rivalries, the Army-Navy game. In the two games Kennedy attended as president, he dutifully spent part of each contest in the company of roaring West Point cadets, before striding across the field at halftime to join the roaring brigade of midshipmen. But we midshipmen knew whose side the skipper of PT 109 was really on.

President Kennedy was a Navy man, through and through, and his death affected the Naval Academy community all the more deeply because of that association. He was not just our commander-in-chief; he was also our brother in arms. Read More 
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