Robert F Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968 and then died the next day. I was born after that horrible day John F Kennedy was assassinated as well as after Robert was killed as well. But I almost feel like I can remember where I was the day it happened. I have read lots and lots of books about the two brothers and their family and seen every documentary or movie there is.
When I was in 7th grade in our history class we watched the Kennedy mini-series staring Martin Sheen as JFK. At that moment I fell in love with JFK, and it still continues to this day. After 8th grade my class went to Washington DC and Arlington Commentary. Of course we went to JFK's and RFK's graves and I was the dork at the time and stood there and cried, but I also remember being there like it was yesterday. When my sister lived in Dallas, on the first visit, a trip to Dealey Plaza was a must, you guessed it, I was a mess. It looks just like it did 45 years ago, the trees are bigger and the street signs are updated but thats about it. And when in Los Angeles years ago, we drove by the Ambassador Hotel before it was torn down. These are all just places but places that mean so much and changed our country and who we are today.
Just what would it be like if John Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy would have lived, we will never know. But on this 40th anniversary of that horrible day it makes you wonder?
The above picture is of Robert Kennedy on the beach is one of my favorites and was taken only weeks before he would be killed. Taken by a local Oregonian photographer that was with him that day. Check out more of Clyde Keller's great photo's here.
At Robert's funeral Teddy Kennedy gave the eulogy and said: "My brother need not be idealized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it."
and quoted George Bernard Shaw: "Some men see things as they are and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say, 'Why not?'"
Rest in peace Bobby, we miss you!