n-tono-a-sunshine.typepad.com > 2013 50th Birthday in Washington DC

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Picture of one of the US Presidential suites at the Kennedy Center

Picture of one of the US Presidential suites at the Kennedy Center


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Patrick Kennedy: August 7-9, 1963 Gravesite

Patrick Kennedy: August 7-9, 1963 Gravesite


John F. Kennedy Gravesite: 1917-1963

John F. Kennedy Gravesite: 1917-1963


Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Gravesite: 1929-1994

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Gravesite: 1929-1994


John F. Kennedy & Jacqueline Kennedy's Daughter's Gravesite: August 23, 1956

John F. Kennedy & Jacqueline Kennedy's Daughter's Gravesite: August 23, 1956


The "Flame" at the John F. Kennedy Gravesite

The "Flame" at the John F. Kennedy Gravesite


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Let the word go forth
from this time and place
to friend and foe alike
that the torch has been passed
to a new generation of Americans


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Let every nation know
whether it wishes us well or ill
that we shall we pay any price bear any burden
meet any hardship support any friend
oppose any foe to assure the survival
and the success of liberty


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Now the trumpet summons us again
Not as a call to bear arms though arms we need
Not as a call to battle though embattled we are
But a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle
A struggle against a common enemies of man
Tyranny * Poverty * Disease * and War itself


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In the long history of the world
Only a few generations have been granted
The role of defending freedom
In its hour of maximum danger
I do not shrink from this responsibility
I welcome it


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The Energy * The Faith * The Devotion
which we bring to this endeavor
will light our country
and all who serve it
and the glow from that fire
can truly light the world


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And so my fellow Americans
Ask not what your country can do for you
Ask what you can do for your country
My fellow citizen of the world
Ask not what American will do for you
But what together we can do for the freedom of man


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With a good conscience our only sure reward
with history the final judge of our deeds
Let us go forth to 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


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It is from numberless acts of courage and
belief that human history is shaped. Each
time a man stands up for an ideal or acts
to improve the lot of others or strikes out
against injustice, he sends forth a tiny
ripple of hope, and crossing each other
from million different centers of energy
and daring those ripples build a current
that can sweep down the mightiest walls
of oppression and resistance.
-- South Africa 1966


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In our sleep pain that cannot forget falls
drop by drop upon the heart in our despair
against her will comes wisdom from the
awful grace of God. What we need in the
United States is not division. What we
need in the United States is not hatred.
What we need in the United States is
not violence or lawlessness,
but love and wisdom and


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compassion toward one another, and the
feeling of justice toward those who still suffer
within our country. Whether they be white or
whether they be black, let us dedicate
ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many
years ago to tame the savage mass of man
and make gentle the life of this world. That
is dedicate ourselves to him and say a
prayer for our country and our people
-- Indianapolis 1968


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