Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo and other state leaders have kicked off a year-long centennial celebration in honor of former President John F. Kennedy, who was born on May 29, 1917. President Kennedy was struck down by an assassinâ€™s bullet on Nov. 22, 1963. Some of us in Wnthrop, like our esteemed publisher emeritus Andrew P. Quigley – who was a senator, state representative and mayor of Chelsea – were close friends of the former President and his family. It was sad day for all across the country when the young and charismatic Kennedyâ€™s life ended so suddenly in Dallas.
Said Speaker DeLeo, â€œPresident Kennedy had a unique ability to translate the majesty of grand ideas into pragmatic policies that bettered the lives of millions. Thatâ€™s why his legacy resonates with so many people, of such diverse backgrounds. Now, more than ever, itâ€™s crucial that we reaffirm ourselves to the values that President Kennedy held dear, values that have Massachusetts a bastion of equality and liberty.â€
We hope residents will participate in the centennial activities that are honoring our native son and 35th President of the United States.