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A Tribute to JFK

November 22, 2013

john_f_kennedy1Two score and twelve years ago President John Fitzgerald Kennedy took oath and swore before America and Almighty God we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty. He asked Americans – what you can do for your country. He asked fellow citizens of the world – what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Now 50 years from his tragic death and 150 years from Lincoln’s address memorializing the dead on the battlefields of Gettysburg, we honor a man who fought that our nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated in liberty, can long endure. Today, on another National Cemetery, we dedicate the final resting place of that president and so many other Americans – men and women – who gave their life that this nation might live.

The world may little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what these brave Americans, living and dead, did. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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