Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. From roads to an airport to a train station to even a space center, his name is memorialized wherever we go.
JFK had a huge influence on a lot of things during his short life, but one of the highlights was his goal to land a man on the moon by 1970. In July of 1969, his goal was accomplished, thanks to the support from Lyndon Johnson.
Air travel for the President also changed under JFK. His presidency is considered when Air Force One officially entered the jet age. The new Boeing 707, SAM 26000, became a moment in history a year after it entered service- it was the plane that flew Kennedy to Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, and, later that day, was where Johnson took the oath of office. At Johnson’s request, the plane also transported Kennedy’s body back to D.C. The plane last served as Air Force One for Bill Clinton.
Today is Veterans Day. It is the day we honor all who served and sacrificed for our country. A favorite tradition is singing the songs of our Armed Forces.
This video is from the annual Memorial Day Concert allows us all (even those who may have forgotten the words) to sing along:
For information on the history of Veterans Day, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.