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Greg Hodur, Fargo, Published November 21 2013

Letter: Kennedy inspired belief in our future

About noon, Nov. 22, 1963, I sat in a grade school classroom in my hometown of Toledo, Ohio, when a voice came over the public address system announcing President John F. Kennedy had been shot. It was a Roman Catholic school, and we were summoned to church to pray for his recovery. I remember the nuns and older girls crying. He didn’t survive. I wondered what it meant.

Fifty years later, I still wonder. He was just a man, and I don’t think had he lived the course of history would have been much different. But who knows?

At any rate, I know John F. Kennedy inspired in me a true belief in the future of our country and that government exists to serve the people. For that, I will always be grateful.