Reflecting on November 22, 1963
Sat, 23 Nov 2013 05:11:56 GMT —
Friday was a day of recollection across the country on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination.
The events of that day are still very vivid to those who lived through them, but they can also serve as a history lesson for those who did not.
That was the focus at Quincy University on Friday.
A panel of the school's professors shared their memories of November 22, 1963. Both students and adults attended the discussion to learn from a group that lived through the events of that infamous day.
At times, the re-tellings evoked strong emotion from the panel.
Dr. David Costigan, Professor Emeritus of History at Quincy University, was a professor at what was then Quincy College in 1963. He said the emotions tied to the events are the same today as they were 50 years ago, and that shedding tears over JFK's death will always be an appropriate response.
"I've seen people that I very much admire able to express their emotion in this way - so a lot of it happened in 1963 and it was recalled today by many, many people," Dr. Costigan said.
Dr. Costigan also noted that one of JFK's principles - his 'ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country' theme - should be applied more often today.