Robert F. Kennedy’s Widow, Ethel, Lays a Rose on His Grave on 50th Anniversary of His Assassination


The 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s death was celebrated, as Americans remembered his legacy and life.


Kennedy was only 42 years old when he was assassinated while running for president, after his victory speech to elated supporters in L.A.’s Ambassador Hotel after winning the California primary.

His family and friends — including President Bill Clinton, daughter Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, and his grandson, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III — remembered him Wednesday during a memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where he is buried near his brother John F. Kennedy.

During the service his 90-year-old widow, Ethel, left a rose at his grave.

Daughter Kerry Kennedy also shared a moving tribute to her father on Twitter, sharing a photo of herself kneeling at his grave and writing “I miss my father every day, but I am strengthened to know the causes he believed in are still championed by brave activists today. His legacy and work are timeless.”

Today many are marking the anniversary of my uncle’s death. I want to focus on his life and not his death: If you can read one of his speeches, check out some of his quotes. The world he envisioned is still waiting to be realized. Each of us can be a force for good. Each of us can use our words to heal, to bridge, to inspire. On this day that’s what I’m thinking about and as always on this day I say a prayer for my Aunt Ethel who has carried on and my cousins who do as well. Life is precious. In a minute it can all change. So find your mission, find your purpose and get on with it — the world needs you. “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” – #BobbyKennedy

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