Rep. Barletta Statement on 50th Anniversary of Kennedy Assassination
WASHINGTON– Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued the following statement regarding the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy:
“I remember that day clearly. I was in Miss Marchetti’s third grade class at Poplar Street Elementary School in Hazleton when the announcement that the president had been shot came over the loudspeaker. We bowed our heads in a moment of silence, not really believing what we had heard. That Sunday – my father’s birthday – we saw Lee Harvey Oswald, an avowed communist, murdered on television right before our eyes. In many ways, it was an awakening for Americans, who despite our shared history could never really contemplate the murder of our president.
“President Kennedy was a strong believer that ‘a rising tide lifts all boats’ and held an unflinching faith in the greatness of America. His confidence in our people led him to dare to challenge us to visit the moon, which we did less than six years later. On the occasion of President Kennedy’s death, let us remember that America is a strong nation which can withstand great hardship. Please join me in honoring his memory, which should serve as a reminder that we, as a people united by liberty and freedom, can accomplish great things.”