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50 years ago, mourning JFK in Iran

Fifty years ago this week, six other Peace Corps volunteers and I and the American staff of Ahwaz Agricultural College in southwestern Iran attended a memorial service organized by our Iranian colleagues and students.

Posted on a window outside were two simple signs, one in English and one in Persian. The Persian sign read: “Last night one of the highest politicians of the world, one of its lights and political symbols, was turned off. And he left the world in silence and sorrow. . . . He was among the leaders for freedom, for the creation of a platform for freedom, and for helping lower the rungs of the ladder for freedom for minorities.”

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Those signs are my favorite mementos from my time in Iran.

Patricia M. Walsh

West Roxbury

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