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PABLO CASALS PLAYS AT THE WHITE HOUSE

November 13, 1961


PABLO CASALS PLAYS AT THE WHITE HOUSE



                    Pablo Casals Performs
          in the White House East Room
                       November 13, 1961
                Photo by Cecil Stoughton
                      JFK Library Photo


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The most celebrated cellist of the 20th century, Pablo Casals, performed this evening for President & Mrs. John F. Kennedy, along with an audience which included a group of noted American composers.


Leonard Bernstein & Aaron Copeland attended the concert.


Mr. Casals, who last played at the White House in 1904 for President Theodore Roosevelt, accepted JFK’s invitation despite his self-imposed boycott of performing in countries which had recognized the government of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.*


*Casals was a supporter of the Spanish Republican Government.


Pablo Casals was born in El Vendrell, Catalonia, Spain in 1876.


He gave a solo recital in Barcelona at the age of 14 & graduated from Escola Municipal de Musica in 1896.


Casals played at Carnegie Hall on March 9, 1904.**



Pablo Casals in his younger days


**Martita Casals, his 2nd wife, later said that her husband accepted JFK’s invitation because of Mr. & Mrs. Kennedy’s support for the arts & because “he felt that music had to contribute to freedom (&) to peace.”


She described the evening as “magical” & said that when it was over, Mrs. Kennedy followed them all the way out to their car.



Pablo Casals Kisses 1st Lady’s Hand
               November 13, 1961
         Photo by Robert Knudsen
              White House Photo


Martita & Pablo married when she was 20 & he was 81.  


The story goes that he did not tell his doctor of his intentions until after the engagement.  The doctor said to him: “You’d better think carefully before you do this…this could be fatal.”


Pablo said nothing for a few moments, reflecting on the doctor’s words.


Then he said: “Well, you know, if she dies, she dies!”***


***Source, “The Kennedys’ Camelot Culture”, AARP, Feb. 23, 2011.


November 13, 1961


JFK PRESENTED TORAH AT THE WHITE HOUSE


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Rabbi Maurice N. Eisendrath, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, presented President Kennedy with a Torah today at the White House.


JFK accepted the gift & said that the presence of the union’s Board of Trustees at the ceremony “symbolizes the happy relations which exist between all religious groups, & must continue to exist in this country if we are to be worthy of our heritage.”



                            Torah
      Photo by Willy Horsch (2007)


November 13, 1982


VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL DEDICATED



           Vietnam Veterans Memorial
                    Washington, D.C.
           Photo by John White (2003)


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Following a march by thousands of Vietnam War veterans, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated today here in Washington, D.C.


The Memorial features a V-shaped black-granite wall inscribed with the names of 57,939 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice during the war.


The names are listed chronologically by date of death.  The names were inscribed on the stones in Memphis, Tennessee.



             Vietnam Veterans Memorial
                        Washington, D.C.
             Photo by John White (2003)


Maya Lin, a 21 year old student at the Yale School of Architecture, designed the memorial.


Lin, born in Ohio, is the daughter of Chinese immigrants.*



                              Maya Lin
          Photo by Sharon Styer (2007)


Maya Lin was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2005 as well as the National Women’s Hall of Fame.  


In 2009, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama.


In 1984, a statue of “Three Soldiers” was added to the memorial site. 



             Three Soldiers Monument
          Photo by John White (2003)


In 1993 a Womens Memorial was also added.







          Vietnam Women’s Memorial
          Photo by John White (2003)


UNITED STATES VIETNAM WAR CASUALTIES BY YEAR


1956-1964:     401
1965                1863
1966                6143
1967              11153
1968              16592
1969              11616
1970                 6081
1971                 2357
1972                   641
1973                   168
1974-1998     1178


UNITED STATES VIETNAM WAR CASUALTIES BY BRANCH OF SERVICE


US ARMY       38209
USMC              14838
US NAVY          2555
USAF                  2584
USCG                         7
Civilian                   19



          “We Shall Remember Them”
          Vietnam Veterans Memorial
          Photo by John White (2003)

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