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Nov 22, 2013 7:04 PM by Alex Labat

Kennedy's Death and Life Remembered in Acadiana

In October of 1959, then Senator John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline stepped off of a plane in Lafayette, and into the hearts of many...including a young "USL" student who just who just happened to meet the Kennedys.
"As he was coming out of the house to go to the parade, we asked him, and he said sure, I'll be glad to take a picture. So we got the picture", says Jack Burson, Alderman-at-Large for the city of Eunice.
Kennedy was in town for the Crowley Rice Festival, just months before he'd announce his official bid for the presidency.
While a speech by the president captivated hundreds, it was a speech by Mrs. Kennedy that won over many in Acadiana.
"She was extremely fluent in French, and they cleverly got her to make a speech in French", says Burson.
The Kennedys, ending that festival with a motorcade surrounded by supporters...much like that infamous day 50 years ago.
To view a gallery of JFK's visit to Acadiana, click here.

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