Fifty years ago this month President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in full view of the citizens of Dallas, Texas, and the American Camelot crumbled. This past summer we observed the fiftieth commemoration of Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech, and the Civil Rights Movement soared. Two years ago marked the tenth anniversary of 9-11 when this country was brought to its knees.
We meet the remembrance of each of these events by asking, “Where were you when you when it happened? Do you remember?” And then we tune in to others, especially to those with marquee names, as if we can’t trust our own memories. (more…)