Fifty years have passed since a young and handsome president delivered one of the most uplifting and memorable speeches of our time. The John F. Kennedy inaugural address delivered on January 20, 1961 is in the forefront of Americans’ minds today as we remember John F. Kennedy and an era that has long passed.
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The John F. Kennedy inaugural address took place on a cold wintry day in Washington just after a snowstorm nearly shut down the city. The U.S. Army had the task of removing snow from the streets and former president Herbert Hoover missed the inauguration because of weather related travel issues. If that wasn’t enough, once the ceremony got under way, a lectern caught on fire and VP Lyndon Johnson stumbled a few times over his words. The mood of the address was calm, though, and one that Americans had been yearning for.
President Kennedy’s well-received speech said many things that January day. He challenged Americans to serve their country:
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country,” said John F. Kennedy in a riveting call to service. “My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
Google is honoring JFK as well by making him the subject of today’s Google Doodle. For more on the John F. Kennedy inaugural address including a full transcript, click here.