The Presidency: Echoes of Courage

The commemoration of courageous moments and men brings out the best in President Kennedy. He likes heroes, medal winners and war stories. He stood tall and proud last week at the White House reception for Astronaut Gordon Cooper. In Manhattan, at the brief dedication of a monument to the 4,596 American men who perished in western Atlantic waters during World War II, the President was moved to emotion and eloquence.

The Generous Hands. A destroyer boomed a 21-gun salute, flags fluttered, and the noon sun bore down on Battery Park at the lower...

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