What I Learned From Sargent Shriver
Published: January 19, 2011
“The Irish are still mesmerized by the mythical place that is America, but in the ’60s our fascination got out of hand. I was not old enough to remember the sacrifices of the great generation who saved Europe in the Second World War, or to quite comprehend what was going on in Vietnam. But what I do remember, and cannot forget, is watching a man walk on the moon in 1969 and thinking here is a nation that finds joy in the impossible.”
If you are a child of the 60’s this farewell to Sargent Shriver will really move you to remember what life was like for us then. In some ways it was less complicated… it seems that we were inspired by JFK’s words.
“Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”
Sargent Shriver was a driving force in the JFK era and he continued after that era came abruptly to an end with the assassinations of JFK and RFK. It was the best of times and one of the saddest of times for those of us who were “children of the 60’s” and are older adults now.