On this day in 1968, only two months after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, Senator Robert Kennedy, also assassinated, is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. In fact, his body lies just 30 yards from his older brother, President John F. Kennedy, assassinated five years earlier.
Two years prior, Robert Kennedy delivered the Day of Affirmation Address at the University of Capetown in South Africa. He said:
“At the heart of that western freedom and democracy is the belief that the individual man, the child of God, is the touchstone of value, and all society, all groups, and states, exist for that person’s benefit. Therefore the enlargement of liberty for individual human beings must be the supreme goal and the abiding practice of any western society.” (emphasis added)
He concluded by quoting his older brother:
“With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth and lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”