JFK Spirit Continues

Dec 06, 2017

To the Editor:

As director of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, I was very proud that so many of our residents came together to prepare and deliver thousands of Thanksgiving meals to needy families in our communities.

Our Ocean County Vocational-Technical School students prepared more than 3,000 holiday meals for those less fortunate. Likewise, volunteers and staff at our Veterans Service Bureau distributed more than 300 meals to local veterans and their families. Similar efforts were run by local high schools, faith-based organizations and other nonprofits.

While the season is a time to celebrate and give thanks for all we have, it is also a time to mourn. This year marked the 54th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

When I think of the willingness of our residents to help others, I cannot help but be reminded of President Kennedy’s call on Americans to rise up and help the poor and needy in their local communities. It was Kennedy who first inspired me to seek public office so I could give back to my town and my county.

More than half a century after his tragic death, JFK’s spirit continues to be a beacon for generations of Americans, truly an eternal flame of hope and charity. Let us always continue the work that he began.

Joseph H. Vicari, director

Ocean County Board of Freeholders


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