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TV: 47th Birthday Anniversary Tribute to President Kennedy

May 29, 1964 - Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy talked with three European leaders today via communications satellite in an intercontinental 47th birthday anniversary tribute to President Kennedy.

The program, carried on CBS-TV, included conversations with West Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt, Irish Prime Minister Sean Lemass, and former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.

The theme of the tribute — “One Man Can Make a Difference” — was taken from the speech the President made last summer in Berlin,

Lemass appeared on the broadcast with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), the late President’s youngest brother, who was in Dublin on a European tour to discuss plans for the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library in Boston.

Before flying to Hyannis Port, Mass., for the telecast, Mrs. Kennedy knelt with her children, Caroline, 6, and John Jr., 3, at the grave of her husband. John Jr. took a small PT-boat tie clasp and placed it beside the flickering eternal flame.

Then the Attorney General, his wife, Ethel, and sister, Mrs. Peter Lawford, entered the enclosure and prayed at the grave.

Earlier, at a Solemn Pontifical Mass at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Kennedy’s place of worship when he was President and the scene of his funeral ceremonies last November, the Most Rev. Phillip Hannan, auxiliary bishop of Washington, said: “While we still mourn the absence of his vital personality, as Christians we take deep consolation from the knowledge that he is destined to live forever with his Creator in heaven.”

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