As the Nation remembers the tragic events of 50 years ago and reflects on the life of President John F. Kennedy, Paralyzed Veterans of America remembers not just his political achievements but also his military service. As we reflect on the life of our 35th President, Paralyzed Veterans of America recognizes him as an example of all those who have served in uniform protecting the Nation and preserving freedom.
A Navy veteran of World War II, President Kennedy exhibited the highest standards of heroism, courage and sacrifice. He represents the achievements of an entire generation that served in defense of our liberties and way of life.
In remembering President Kennedy, Paralyzed Veterans of America National President Bill Lawson, said, “He demonstrated the highest ideals of citizenship serving his fellow Americans in both war and peace. Tragically, his life was cut short, and he paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the country but his legacy still stands as a model for all Americans.”
A special Paralyzed Veterans’ “Award of Distinction” was dedicated (posthumously) to John F. Kennedy in “deep gratitude for his compassionate interest in the problems of the severely disabled.” The award was presented to Robert F. Kennedy during Paralyzed Veterans Annual Convention in July of 1965.
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