This is the first inauguration I remember. I remember what a big deal it was to have a Democrat Catholic president. I remember the top hats and President Kennedy not liking it as it messed up his iconic haircut. I remember thinking Republican President Eisenhower actually seemed to like his rival, the new President. And in the morning before the inauguration, President Kennedy, his wife and family attended Mass at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, where in three short years his Requiem Mass would be celebrated. Great and very sad memories today. I hope and pray we can return to a common patriotism and etiquette and civility.