Celebrate JFK at 100 by walking in his footsteps

John F. Kennedy, and his then-fiancee, Jacqueline Bouvier, in Hyannis in 1953. —AP

John F. Kennedy was drawn to the sea. The bronze likeness that greets visitors outside the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum on Cape Cod portrays our 35th president in a polo shirt and khakis, barefoot: presumably, he’s headed to the shoreline to test the water.

We humans “have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears,” Kennedy once said. “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea — whether it is to sail or to watch it — we are going back from whence we came.”

This year, to mark the centennial of Kennedy’s birth, admirers of one of our most forward-thinking presidents may want to retrace the steps from whence he came. For Massachusetts residents and out-of-state visitors alike, Kennedy’s familiar legacy comes back to life on sightseeing missions to his old homes and haunts.

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