Fifty years ago, on November 22, 1963, Americans were stung with the news that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. This week, President Obama and many others honored the memory and legacy of President Kennedy. Placing a wreath at President Kennedy’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery this week, President Obama stated, “In his idealism, in his sober, square-jawed idealism, we are reminded that the power to change this country is ours.”
Also passing away on November 22, 1963, was the celebrated Christian author C.S. Lewis. He was a blessing to the United Kingdom during the Great Wars of the 20th Century and beyond, and his literary works, including the Chronicles of Narnia, Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity, continue to be powerful in the lives of individuals worldwide. Lewis will be honored with a spot in Westminster Abbey’s Poet’s Corner in London on Friday, where William Shakespeare, John Milton, and John Keats are also among those so commemorated.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: November 22, 2013