On this day in 1963 our 35th President was assassinated. Almost everyone alive that day remembers where they were when they heard the news. I’ll never forget seeing Walter Cronkite announced that the President had died. I’ll never forget the nation-wide grieving. I’ll never forget the smooth transition of power.
Like every President, Kennedy made mistakes. Some, like Vietnam and the Cuban embargo, lasted well past his death, though historians have questioned if they’d lasted had he lived.
Similarly, some of his accomplishments were far reaching. The Peace Corps, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the push for civil rights, and the commitment to space exploration.
On this 45th anniversary of his death what sticks in our memories was his ability to galvanize and unify the American public, and his ability to communicate a sense of optimism and hope.