Lawmakers honor JFK on 56th anniversary of his death

Lawmakers honor JFK on 56th anniversary of his death
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Lawmakers took to Twitter on Friday to honor former President John F. Kennedy on the 56th anniversary of his assassination.

Bipartisan members of Congress honored the former president, who was assassinated in Dallas on this day in 1963.

“56 years ago, on what was supposed to be a joyous day in Dallas, things quickly turned disastrous. Using today as a time to reflect, let us remember the life and legacy of President Kennedy,” Rep. Ross SpanoVincent (Ross) Ross SpanoDCCC targets House GOP members over Trump administration response to coronavirus Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Democrats seek to preempt Trump message on health care | E-cigarette executives set for grilling | Dems urge emergency funding for coronavirus Democrats slam GOP on drug prices in bilingual digital ads MORE (R-Fla.) tweeted.

“56 years ago today, our nation suffered an enormous loss in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. We mourn the lost potential of a life cut short, & at the same time re-commit ourselves to serving the country in his memory, by living up to the standard he set for us,” added Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonAsian American lawmaker warns of fear of racism over coronavirus stigma Pressley experiencing flu-like symptoms, being tested for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Senate overcomes hurdles, passes massive coronavirus bill MORE (D-Mass.).

Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeTexas House Dems ask governor to issue stay-at-home order Lobbying world House approves bill banning flavored tobacco products MORE (D-Texas) said Kennedy “personified the pioneering, trailblazing, independent, courageous, and can-do spirit for which America is justly celebrated around the world,” while Rep. Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaOvernight Defense: Pentagon curtails more exercises over coronavirus | House passes Iran war powers measure | Rocket attack hits Iraqi base with US troops 5 states to watch on Super Tuesday Establishment Democrats rallying behind Biden MORE (D-Va.) honored his “patriotism, ambition, and optimism.”

Several other lawmakers also mourned the former president. 

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Kennedy’s roughly three-year tenure in the White House is remembered for several notable events, including the Cuban Missile Crisis and his support for the space race. His death remains the subject of a litany of conspiracy theories.