By Linda Hoffman Kimball

January 6, 2021 DC USA – can you decipher the words on the white flag?


When I was 10 in 1962, I was aware from overheard news reports of something involving our US government, Cuba, and Russia. I couldn’t have told you any details, but the Cuban Missile Crisis seeped into my naïve little system. I seriously thought I wouldn’t live to see 12.

On November 22, 1963, I was 11 and at recess at my elementary school. I heard a rumor – President Kennedy had been shot and killed in Texas. Back in the classroom this terrible news was confirmed. I didn’t understand politics, but this shook me. I wept, although I wasn’t entirely sure why.

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