Years of Lightning, Day of Drums

Fifty-six years ago this weekend the world stopped, as an American president was buried. Yes, really, it nearly did. I was ten years old and the muffled drums from that weekend still echo in my soul. Not because he was President Kennedy, a democrat and a son of Irish immigrants. But because he was the president of all Americans and the leader of the free world in a dark time, but he never let the dark times overshadow his vigor, his youth, and yes, his love of freedom.

As I’ve grown up and grown older I’ve come to know that he was hardly a perfect man or leader. He had many faults.  So what, we all do. In many ways he epitomized the America we long for today.

We buried him on Robert E. Lee’s plantation equidistant from the memorials of Washington and Lincoln the two great liberators of American history, one above party, and one Republican, in many ways he completes the triumvirate, the Democrat who loved America and led many to freedom, for it was on his watch, that the defeat of the Soviet Union was begun, and the world set free.

Because of his steadfast service, we no longer say, Lass ‘sie nach Berlin kommen, for Berlin is free, and the wall is gone. And make no mistake, that is a victory of the American people and armed forces.

So take a moment this weekend, or perhaps on Thanksgiving to remember President Kennedy, a man who had many political adversaries, just as we always see, but who mostly did the right as he was given to see the right, and set in train the destruction of the Soviet Union, not the end of history as some glibly claim, but the beginning of a new chapter in the saga that is America.

And yes, they made a film to tell the world what we thought of him, and yes, it still makes my monitor dusty.


About NEO
Lineman, Electrician, Industrial Control technician, Staking Engineer, Inspector, Quality Assurance Manager, Chief Operations Officer

7 Responses to Years of Lightning, Day of Drums

  1. A moving tribute, NEO.

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