Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope that all of you have a wonderful thanksgiving, but I cannot think of November 22nd without thinking of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

It was 49 years ago today that the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was shot in Dallas, Texas. In 1963 the 22nd was the Friday before Thanksgiving. The president was buried at Arlington on Monday the 25th, but on Thanksgiving the following Thursday  there was still plenty of talk about the assassination, Oswald getting shot on live television, and the funeral on the previous Monday.

On thanksgiving all of us cousins were able to share our experiences and thoughts on the previous week’s events. I clearly remember sitting on the floor of my aunt’s wood paneled TV room along with my cousins looking at magazines and talking in whispers about the assassination.

Little did we know that there would be more political assassinations and that the decade would continue to be one of unrest, demonstration, and division.

Now here we are in 2012, everything is still not perfect but we do have much to be thankful for. Every day we are alive is a gift and should be cherished. My father was fond of saying that, “This is no dress rehearsal.” So if there is something you really want to do, get out there and do it.

Happy Thanksgiving.


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