A second grader in Catholic school at the time, I vividly remember our teacher, Sister Benigna, coming back into the classroom and asking us all to stand up and pray for our fallen President Kennedy. Returning home from school, I found my mother in front of the television watching the news coverage. She could barely talk about what had happened. I watched all the coverage the next few days with my family and remember feeling such deep sadness for Mrs.Kennedy, Caroline, and John, and trying to understand why this would happen to such a beautiful family and to our country. I thought about how I had my father, a local democratic politician, hand out campaign material for Mr.Kennedy when he was running for President. I recalled praying the rosary with my my mother and siblings during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and wondering what my mother was so worried about.
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Don’t miss "Dearest Jackie": On the Death of JFK, a pop-up exhibition of items from the Library’s collections, on view through December 1, 2013