Fly your flag at half-staff today, honoring President John F. Kennedy


U.S. flags at the Washington Monument fly at half-staff, with the dome of the U.S. Capitol in the background.  Image captured from U.S. Flags.com

U.S. flags at the Washington Monument fly at half-staff, with the dome of the U.S. Capitol in the background. Image captured from U.S. Flags.com

November 22, 2013:  A proclamation from President Barack Obama:

Obama Proclamation on Day of Remembrance for President Kennedy

21 November 2013

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
November 21, 2013

DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

A half century ago, America mourned the loss of an extraordinary public servant. With broad vision and soaring but sober idealism, President John F. Kennedy had called a generation to service and summoned a Nation to greatness. Today, we honor his memory and celebrate his enduring imprint on American history.

In his 3 years as President of the United States, John F. Kennedy weathered some of the most perilous tests of the Cold War and led America to the cusp of a bright new age. His leadership through the Cuban Missile Crisis remains the standard for American diplomacy at its finest. In a divided Berlin, he delivered a stirring defense of freedom that would echo through the ages, yet he also knew that we must advance human rights here at home. During his final year in office, he proposed a civil rights bill that called for an end to segregation in America. And recognizing women’s basic right to earn a living equal to their efforts, he signed the Equal Pay Act into law.

While President Kennedy’s life was tragically cut short, his vision lives on in the generations he inspired — volunteers who serve as ambassadors for peace in distant corners of the globe, scientists and engineers who reach for new heights in the face of impossible odds, innovators who set their sights on the new frontiers of our time. Today and in the decades to come, let us carry his legacy forward. Let us face today’s tests by beckoning the spirit he embodied — that fearless, resilient, uniquely American character that has always driven our Nation to defy the odds, write our own destiny, and make the world anew.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 22, 2013, as a Day of Remembrance for President John F. Kennedy. I call upon all Americans to honor his life and legacy with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. I also call upon Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on the Day of Remembrance for President John F. Kennedy. I further encourage all Americans to display the flag at half-staff from their homes and businesses on that day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

BARACK OBAMA

More:

White House photo:  Presidents and First Ladies, Barack and Michelle Obama, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, post a wreath and salute President John F. Kennedy at Kennedy's gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery, November 20, 2013

White House photo: Presidents and First Ladies, Barack and Michelle Obama, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, post a wreath and salute President John F. Kennedy at Kennedy’s gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery, November 20, 2013

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3 Responses to Fly your flag at half-staff today, honoring President John F. Kennedy

  1. onkelbob says:

    I will say that it’s nice to see the civilians (and the president is a civilian) following the proper protocol of the hand on the breast. What is disturbing is seeing a flag officer (I see bird poop on his visor) can’t render a proper salute. Unless the camera angle is grossly distorted that right arm is not parallel to the ground. Really now, is it that hard?

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  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Ted Cruz wasn’t alive then, was he? I don’t blame either Cruz nor Sarah Palin.

    More seriously, I don’t think any conspiracy has been left uncovered, or unfalsified. They just don’t pan out.

    If there were a conspiracy, don’t you think it would have been smoked out rather quickly, like the one against Lincoln?

    Presidential assassins tend to be lone nuts, or nuts from a group, acting as lone nuts. With the only known exception of the Lincoln conspiracy, all the others have been lone nuts — Jackson, Garfield, McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, Ford, Reagan — and probably FDR, too. What evidence is there that the Kennedy assassination doesn’t fit the usual pattern?

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  3. Jonathan Paris says:

    What do you personally think of any conspiracies left uncovered? I believe many are left unsaid; too many holes to patch. JP Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:45:44 +0000 To: dowagiac77@live.com

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