Tomorrow will mark the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s murder in Dallas – an American tragedy in more ways than one, and not just for a generation who was as much shocked as they were saddened. It was also the end of an era in American history that was the precursor to what the rest of the 1960’s (and all subsequent decades) would bring, and force us to question more than just our values, while resulting in nearly all of us losing a substantial part of our innocence that would never be recovered.
Yours truly, like those of my generation, wasn’t yet born when JFK was murdered – and for the most part, was spared the turmoil that was associated with the 1960’s, mainly because we were youngsters then, and too innocent to understand the changes already affecting both the country and the rest of the world. Thankfully, being born during the 1960’s gave us an advantage – and as we got older and learned more about American history in both school and college, we got a better understanding of the past, and how it shaped both the present and future, while encouraging us to make a positive difference for both today and tomorrow (while avoiding and correcting the mistakes that has stifled not only our present generations, but also our forefathers).
As for the theories surrounding Kennedy’s murder: for a theory to become fact, it must have rational and tangible proof to back it up – otherwise, it ends up cheapening the deceased’s memory, as well as the legacy that he leaves behind to inspire future generations to even more prominent heights. Perhaps someday, technology will allow us to truly look back into history – to not only accurately relive the past, but also answer questions that’ve baffled us for generations, including the whole truth behind JFK’s death, which couldn’t be answered by those linked to it then, including even Lee Harvey Oswald, the man believed to have murdered Kennedy. Whether or not that future technology will help provide a sense of closure for us in the future remains to be seen – but it’s highly unlikely that it’ll ever erase the emotional pain and anguish that the world felt when JFK was murdered. Those are forever part of not only the human condition, but also the human experience – a reminder of what Kennedy said over fifty years ago, and which still applies today: We are all mortal.
John Lavernoich is the author of three books (including the first two Chameleons, Inc. novels), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://johnlavernoich.weebly.com), as well as his pages on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-lavernoich/7a/b21/237), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube‘s website (http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJz1MX0XKIPm8nSAccTNMjA), his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad), his own Profile Page on Amazon Studios‘ website (http://studios.amazon.com/users/59488), and his Chameleons, Inc. and Pictures Shop websites via Weebly (Chameleons, Inc. website: http://chameleonsinc.weebly.com; Pictures Shop website: http://jlpicturesshop.weebly.com).
©2013 John Lavernoich & Highroad Productions, Inc.