“Someday … long after the signs come down and the crowds stop cheering, and the bands stop playing, may it be said of our campaign that we kept the faith.
And may it be said of us, both in dark passages and in bright days, in the words of Tennyson that my brothers quoted and loved, and that have special meaning for me now:
“I am a part of all that I have met
Tho much is taken, much abides
That which we are, we are –
One equal temper of heroic hearts
Strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die. “
~ Senator Edward Kennedy (1932 – 2009)
For those who still harbor hatred for Ted Kennedy, I ask they look up the word “Redemption” in the dictionary – where they will find his picture.
I had the thrill and privilege of meeting him once – and it was in Fall River.
For years Al Mac’s Diner in Fall River, MA has been a favorite eatery of mine. Each visit to the Lizzie Borden house finds me chowing down here at least once. The ambiance is casual “shabby genteel, super friendly, huge portions, cheap prices, and one helleva show at the counter on weekends watching the cook and prepper get those breakfast orders out.
It’s a great place to meet and talk with regular Fall River folk – just as Ted Kennedy did here on the campaign trail. I was there that Tuesday (way to the side – a nano second image) but didn’t have my camera with me!! My friend, Keri Rodrigues from WSAR Radio is the one interviewing Ted. Anyway, the Kennedy Clan is HUGE in Fall River. JFK even marched down Main Street when he was campaigning for Congressman (or was it Senator?) – a photo of that event was still hanging at Harry’s Diner on Main Street last time I looked.
This video has a long flag waiving introduction so be patient.
Here’s a site showing another image of Al Mac’s and for other local diner’s – take the Diner Tour.