By Bob Katzen

 The late President John F. Kennedy would turn 100 years old on May 29. The House and Senate commemorated and honored the 35th president at a joint session last week. 

  Kennedy’s niece, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, was the featured speaker. Gov. Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg each reflected on the former president’s legacy and impact.

  “Unlike some who have made it big and then forget where they come from, he remembered that immigration was a great way to create a wonderful future,” said Townsend.

  Gov. Baker said, “I think he would remind us that in his day he asked us to focus not on what our country can do for us but to instead remember what we can do for our country. I call those words to live by, now more than ever.”

  The celebration also includes the playing of a recording of Kennedy’s January 9, 1961, famous “City Upon a Hill” speech he gave to the Massachusetts Legislature.

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