The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum was completed and dedicated on October 20, 1979 at a ceremony attended by President Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Senator Edward Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and “the Kennedy children…grown up now.” In honor of his late father, John F. Kennedy Jr. read a poem written by Stephen Spender.
“The names of those who in their lives fought for life,
Who wore at their hearts the fire’s centre.
Born of the sun, they travelled a short while toward the sun
And left the vivid air signed with their honour.”
Linda Wertheimer covered the event for @npr; listen in.
Image: Caroline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr., and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at the dedication ceremony for the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. Credit: Bettmann / Contributor/Getty Images.