Posted by Champ on July 24, 1999 at 01:05:42:
In Reply to: Interesting, but strange posted by Petra on July 23, 1999 at 23:00:21:
: I also wonder how veterans feel about the Navy being involved in the burial of a civilian with military honors, just because he happened to be a president's kid.
>Yes, they were buried at sea with the help of the Navy, and no, there were no military honors for JFK jr. (where ever you heard that, they were wrong) .
As a veteran (US Army) I have no problems with the ONLY son of an ASSASSINATED U.S. President being buried at sea with the assistance of the military.
As for our fascination with royalty, yes, we have a fascination with an institution we no longer have, but most every American I've ever talked to would never want a monarchy back in this country.
George Washington, if he had so desired, could have been crowned king of this country, but God bless him, he made a wiser choice, and shocked all of Europe by stepping down after two terms as president.
What made JFK jr or the Kennedy's special or different in this circumstance than other people?
You could get as many different answers, I suppose, as to how many different people you ask.
But truth be told, how many other families have tragedy after tragedy play out in public for the world to see?
How many of these other families had a family member assassinated while serving as a sitting president? How many of these families had the man who would be the next president (Bobby) assassinated? How many of these other families had the only son of an assassinated president die so suddenly & tragically?
It was not the "glitz", that reduces him to some shallow human being. JFK jr. was not just the only son of an assassinated president, but (other than for his sister) he is one of the last *direct* connections this country has to "Camelot".
I'm sorry if you (or the Eruopean newspapers) dont understand this, but most Americans dont seem to have that problem.
For me it is not the "glitz", its that three year old boy saluting his father's coffin, an image that still brings a tear to my eye, and causes this US Army vet to stop & return his salute today.
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