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For John Kerry, a day of joy and sorrow

On the day he was to be tapped as the country’s next secretary of state, Senator John F. Kerry began with a somber reflection on the costs of his first government assignment overseas.

Accompanied by a lone aide, he drove to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and visited the grave of his college classmate Richard Pershing, who died in the Vietnam War.

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