“I call it my conspiracy room,” he laughed, adding that his view changed after reading the Warren Commission Report, which concluded that Oswald was the lone gunman whose bullet killed the president. “If you read through all of it, you'll see that it pretty much does away with any conspiracy.”
Mostly, though, JFK's legacy is one that has inspired Americans to strive for their dreams and to give back to their country.
“It's a great part of history to realize that somebody's (family) had come from a very poor Ireland at the time, from working class roots, and that he (JFK) would grow up to be president of the United States,” said Carmody, a native of Ireland.
Kennedy also stood up to Nikita Krushchev, premier of the Soviet Union, early on in his presidency as he refused to be bullied into action by Krushchev over a touchy situation in Germany, and he created the Peace Corps, which “sent these bright, young people (from the U.S.) all over the world to help develop (host) countries,” the bishop said.
Recalling Kennedy's inaugural speech, he added that it set forth a new tone for the country.
“The day he took office, in his speech he said, 'Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.' That's a very powerful statement,” Carmody said, as Moak added, “Personally, I believe his inspiration for a generation to give back to their country is his greatest legacy.”
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, born May 29, 1917, was the 35th president of the United States, serving from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963.