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Two days to remember

November 22, 2005

If the members of this generation are destined to remember where they were when they heard about the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, those living 42 years ago are unlikely to forget where they were when they first learned that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated.

Every presidential candidate signs up for the race knowing that if elected (and maybe even before) they will become a target for the deranged or those with a political cause.

Kennedy accepted that precondition, as he had earlier accepted the possibility that serving in World War II might require him to die.

Kennedy took the nation through the Cuban missile crisis, which involved the Soviet Union secretly placing those devices in a nation 90 miles from the U.S.

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He also supported the movement to end racial discrimination and enact civil rights for all, regardless of race, an agenda that was left to his successor, Lyndon Johnson, to finish.

Kennedy came from a wealthy family, but an assassin's bullet killed him as surely as it would have killed the poorest person on the street.

On this day, the anniversary of his death, he deserves to be remembered for making the ultimate sacrifice.

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