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JFK letters to be featured in documentary

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – A Nicholasville woman’s later father is getting national attention for some letters he wrote after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
The letters were first featured in the book “Letters to Jackie” and will now be included in a documentary.
It’s a bittersweet reminder for his daughter of the legacy he leaves behind and is still being honored for today.
Three days after President JFK was assassinated in November of 1963, George Davis, a decorated war hero and teacher, decided to write two letters.
One was for grieving widow, Jackie and the other was for her late husband, the man Davis so admired.
"I have little hope that this letter will come to your personal attention," reads the beginning of the letter addressed to the President.
Included are words of apology for waiting so long to write, according to Davis' daughter, Elizabeth Buckley.
"He saw the heart of JFK and how much he wanted to help the American people," said Buckley.
The letters, tucked away in Washington, D.C, were brought out of the archives and selected for inclusion in the book "Letters to Jackie."
"When I read the letters, it made me touch my dad in a way I hadn't in a long time," she said.
Those letters made a jump to the big screen, in the documentary titled "Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy."
Buckley wishes her dad were here to see all of this.
"He told his students what a wonderful President he was and he tried to promote an understanding of why we needed to integrate the schools."
Buckley says her father also tried to promote an understanding, that change takes time and bravery.
"It's difficult to make change in your own heart and your opinions of people."
Actor Chris Cooper will read an excerpt from Davis’ letter in the documentary version of “Letters to Jackie.”
It airs on Discovery TLC.


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