Monday, May 23, 2011
This photo, from the files of the Los Angeles Times, is more than fifty years old. It was taken in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 1961. If you click on the photo, it will get bigger. Do you recognize the people in the front row of the reviewing stand?
I will identify them for you without referring to an encyclopedia of any kind.
From right to left, rather than from the traditional left to right, they are Ladybird Johnson, Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson, President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy (JFK’s father), and (seated) Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK’s mother). The military men passing in review to honor the newly inaugurated commander-in-chief are not truly military men, not yet. They are cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.
I have no reason for posting this photo. I just felt like it.