Throughout Sea Term 2018, cadets had John F. Kennedy on their mind. All were especially proud to be cruising aboard the TS Kennedy during the year-long celebration to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of our 35th President.
As the ship approached Tampa on Thursday, February 15th, the cadets and crew remembered our country's 35th President at an evening mass on the Helo Deck. Father Houston reminded those in attendance that just four days before his assassination, Presidents Kennedy had visited Tampa. It was the first time a sitting President had visited the city and spirits were high. His words filled residents with hope.
After touching on Kennedy's love of the sea, Father Houston told cadets that the President had enjoyed speaking to young people their age. Just as President Kennedy had challenged college students to promote peace and development around the world with the establishment the Peace Corp, Father Houston urged cadets to spread the President's dream for peace throughout their sea going careers. Under a star full of stars and with the sea gently tapping the hull, the cadets paused to consider Father Houston's words and pay tribute to President Kennedy.
When the cadets explored Tampa the following day, many took time to visit John F. Kennedy Boulevard. This roadway where President Kennedy had driven with his motorcade during his visit was renamed in his memory in 1964.
Here are two brief videos that highlight President Kennedy's visit to Tampa.
Follow The Voyage - Share The Experience participants wove John F. Kennedy into their work both in the classroom and at home, designing 100th birthday cakes and creating models of the ship that shares his name. Students also analyzed quotes by John F. Kennedy and performed selections of speech that focused on the ocean.
The Follow The Voyage - Share The Experience program looks forward to continuing their partnership with the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in the years to come.