Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) 50 years ago last evening, December 22, 1963, the 30 day period of mourning of the death of the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, came to an end.
President Lyndon B. Johnson spoke at a candlelight service at the Lincoln Memorial officially ending the 30 day period of mourning for the late President.
LBJ called President Kennedy "a man of wisdom strength and peace" and said that "all men who love freedom will mourn his death."
"As it was 100 years ago, so it is now. We have been bent in sorrow, but not in purpose. We buried Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy, but we did not bury their dreams or their visions."
The President also said that JFK "will live on in our hearts, which will be his shrine."
LBJ concluded his remarks at the service by saying...
"So let us determine that John Kennedy did not live or die in vain and that we may achieve...the ancient vision of peace on earth good will to all men."
Lincoln Memorial At Night
Photo by Cafzal (2006)
CASTRO FREES BAY OF PIGS POWS
Havana, Cuba (JFK+50) 51 years ago today, December 23, 1962, Premier Fidel Castro released the 1st group of prisoners captured during the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion of April 1961.
This group of POWs had been held in captivity for 20 months.
The release of the prisoners was gained in exchange for $53 million worth of food and medicine.
POWs of the Bay of Pigs