A Day of Remembrence: Remembering JFK
Today we look back in history and remember President John F. Kennedy. The 46 year old President was assassinated on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas while traveling with his wife Jacqueline, Texas Governor John Connally, and Connally’s wife Nellie, in a presidential motorcade. JFK was the 35th President of the United States, serving from January 1961 until he was assassinated in November 1963.
On October 29, 2013 according to the Office of Administration website, President Obama Ordered that all US Flags be lowered in remembrance of the late JFK.
Today November 22, 2013, the Kennedy Library invited the public to join a special live webcast of a musical tribute in honor of the memory of President Kennedy.
Award-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor; award-winning saxophonist Paul Winter and the Paul Winter Sextext, which was invited by Jacqueline Kennedy to be the first jazz ensemble ever to play at the White House; and the United States Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club performed musical selections including two from the President’s State Funeral.
“My fellow Americans,
Fifty years ago today our country was saddened by the assassination of the young and vibrant President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Let us never forget this tragic loss. We as a nation can honor President Kennedy by following his simple words:
“Ask not what your country can do for you…Ask what you can do for your country.”
May we follow those words from JFK. Rise Up America”
As Americans, we do need to RISE UP! We need to rise up as Americans and protect the Constitution, the Flag, and all the Freedoms, Traditions, Morals, Values, and Principals that this country stands for! Everyone remembers JFK’s famous quote “Ask not what your country can do for you…Ask what you can do for your country.”. On this day of remembrance let us also remember the late JFK’s other words from the same speech!
So let us begin anew–remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.
Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms–and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations.
Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths and encourage the arts and commerce.
Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah–to “undo the heavy burdens . . . (and) let the oppressed go free.”
And if a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion, let both sides join in creating a new endeavor, not a new balance of power, but a new world of law, where the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved.
All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.
In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course. Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service surround the globe.
On this historical day of remembrance I ask you:
Are you as Americans ready to RISE UP?