BOSTON – Americans turned out by the thousands Monday to celebrate the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy on the day he would have turned 100.
The U.S. postal service commemorated Kennedy’s centennial with a dedication of a JFK stamp in Brookline, a suburb of Boston, where he was born on 29 May 1917.
The image on the stamp is a photograph 1960 by Ted Mirror of Kennedy when he made a campaign for the presidency in Seattle. Boston Postmaster Nick Francescucci said the stamp was selected because of the way Kennedy was looking.
“His eyes were high, they were looking to the sky (and) that it seemed like there was a great future ahead of us,” Francescucci said.
Democratic USA. Rep. Joe Kennedy III gave the keynote speech at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, JFK’s birthplace and childhood home. His great-uncle, he said, was a man who was honest and contagious pride. He not only implored a generation to serve, but he promised them a land worthy of their service, the congressman said.
A wreath laying ceremony was held in honor of the 35th president of the united states on his grave at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Kennedy president from January 1961 until he was assassinated Nov. 22, 1963. He was 46.
In Boston, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum held a birthday celebration, a cake made by the family of the baker that the involvement of the cake for then-Sen. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier, officials said. The celebration capped a long Memorial Day holiday weekend of events to honor Kennedy’s legacy and attracted thousands of visitors on its centennial celebration.
“There is not a problem or an event that we could do to highlight the different facets of the (Kennedy),”said Steven Rothstein, the library of the foundation the executive director. “Many of his ideas are timeless. We are fundamentally of the opinion that JFK was a visionary, who never goes out of fashion.”
The late president’s dedication to service was also celebrated at a Saturday ceremony co-organized by the National Peace Corps Association. Association president Glenn Blumhorst said those who have served in the Peace Corps see themselves as “the living legacy of JFK.”
Kennedy has an executive order establishing the Peace Corps in 1961.
“His call to service in the question of what we can do for our country is the way we responded,” Blumhorst said. “We feel that that is a way of completing our national service.”