JULY 15, 2012
"JOHNNY, I HARDLY KNEW YE" III
Kenneth O'Donnell tells us that after attending MEMORIAL DAY services at Arlington in 1963, JFK began sending a memorial certificate to the nearest surviving relative after the death of a war veteran.
This, Kenny says, was the President's 'own idea.'
One widow sent the following letter to JFK after receiving a memorial certificate for her husband:
"I want to thank you for the certificate honoring my husband. It brought tears from the realization that the head of a nation so big could put importance on details so seemingly small. It fills me with an overwhelming love for my country."