Most of us of a certain age can remember where we were and what we were doing when we learned that President Kennedy had been shot; I can remember as if it was yesterday rather than 50 years ago. I was in second grade in PS 33 Grammar School in Jersey City, New Jersey; our teacher came into the room looking very sad around 12:45 p.m. and told us the President had been shot and his condition was grave that we should say a prayer for him-all of us I am sure somehow put him and his family into our thoughts. We soon found out he had died.
Much has been written and said about that day and its significance; but not until recently did I come across President Kennedy's most important speech-not his inaugural or the one at the Berlin Wall but in June of 1963 he gave the commencement address at the graduation ceremony at the American University where he spoke of the necessity of establishing peace and of nuclear disarmament. Hard to imagine any President since JFK being so bold.
Herein the President's speech: