Friday, July 17, 2009

Remembering JFK Jr.

Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of John F. Kennedy, Jr.’s death. On July 16, 1999, Kennedy was killed along with his wife Carolyn and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette when the aircraft he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. Kennedy and his wife were travelling together to the wedding of his cousin Rory in Hyannis, Massachusetts, while Lauren was to have been dropped off at Martha's Vineyard en route.

Since birth, John F. Kennedy Jr. lived a life in the spotlight. He was born sixteen days after his father was elected to presidency and when he was only three years old, his father was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas. At the funeral procession, JFK Jr. stepped forward and rendered a final salute as the flag-draped casket was carried out from St. Matthew's Cathedral. This captured moment ultimately became an iconic image of the 1960s and one that is celebrated to this day.

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