Sunday marked 18 years since the tragic loss of John F. Kennedy, Jr. at the age of 38.
On July 16, 1999, Kennedy, along with his wife Carolyn Bessette and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette, went missing in a slane which he was flying to Martha’s Vineyard. They were found five days later.
The nation mourned the death of another Kennedy, taken way too soon.
People often wondered if JFK Jr. would have become senator of New York, or perhaps followed in his father’s footsteps and ran for president.
JFK Jr. might always be remembered as America’s prince, the little boy who saluted his father’s coffin on November 25, 1963, but he was so much more than that. He was his own person, and he was going to show us just who John F. Kennedy, Jr. was.
At the memorial service in July 1999, the late Senator Edward Kennedy, said of his nephew, “He had only just begun. There was in him a great promise of things to come.”
RIP Carolyn and Lauren Bessette.
RIP John F. Kennedy, Jr. We salute you.