WOODBURY - On the anniversary of former president John F. Kennedy’s assassination, one Roslyn author is hoping to make Kennedy’s legacy come to life, 50 years after his death.
Kennedy’s life was cut short in 1963 and a lot has changed politically since he was president. Scott Reich, however, says a lot of what Kennedy spoke about can still apply today.
“I think that the important feature of Kennedy’s legacy that’s worth noting today is his emphasis on public service and community involvement,” Reich says.
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Reich adds that Kennedy’s famous line “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” means that people should be doing something on a local level by helping neighbors and friends.
According to Reich, he wrote “The Power of Citizenship” to show young people that they can learn from Kennedy’s legacy. He says a message he brings to schools on Long Island is that “we belong to a community, and we need to look past party labels.” He adds that “it’s important for a young generation to feel inspired again and feel that they can really give back and that they can contribute to something that’s special.”
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