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“They were my heroes,” Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) said this week of his late brothers, President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert Kennedy.

Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation” regarding the 40th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, Kennedy said: “There’s the continued deep-seated sense of loss that I feel about all the — both my brothers and other members of the family, but I’m — continue to be in — inspired by them, their strong appeal to bring out really the best in terms of our ideals and our — our values and the importance of trying to give something back to the country.”

Kennedy said this photo captures one of the happier memories of his brother, speaking at Boston College in 1963.

The inscription on the photo was made by Evelyn Lincoln, the president’s secretary. It reads: “Honey Fitz’s grandchild stores nuts for winter.” It refers to the Kennedys’ grandfather, John J. Fitzgerald, and the lump on the side of the younger Kennedy’s cheek.

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