On JFK’s birthday, a family visit to Arlington (1964)

On a birthday, a family visit to Arlington

The scene could have been fashioned on canvas by a Renaissance master. The mother bowed her head. The children had long since learned that this was a quiet place.

The day would have been their father’s 47th birthday, which would have meant a party. Now Caroline and John-John were paying another call at the Arlington grave.

There Mrs Kennedy placed a simple spray of lilies of the valley. John-John wanted to leave something too, and Caroline helped him undo his present for his father, a tie clasp shaped like PT boat 109.

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