On the 50th Anniversary of the Inauguration of President Kennedy “Let the Word Go Forth”

Jan 26, 2011 by

On the 50th Anniversary of the Inauguration of President Kennedy “Let the Word Go Forth”

Fifty years ago, on January 20, 1961, the torch was passed to a new generation when John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as President of the United States. The address he gave is one of the most inspiring and important speeches of 20th century. The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University has produced a film of Kennedy’s inaugural address that utilizes the talents of people like John Lewis, Marian Wright Edelman, Gwen Ifill, Jeb Bush, Colin Powell, Stephen Breyer, Mark O’Connor and dozens of others to recite JFK’s words in a moving tribute to our 35th president.

This wonderful film provides a powerful reminder of the path Kennedy asked “we the people” to travel, and just how far we still have to go. Watch the film and explore the website here.

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.
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, year in and year out, “rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation,” a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.
Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?

Let us begin.

Thomas Norman DeWolf is the author of Inheriting the Trade


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  1. Hello Yes a beautiful WORLD all the countries and all the people on this earth will be in a good condition.
    That why they Moved him very early.
    God Bless his soul and give the others the good way to rule.
    God Bless.

  2. What an incredible thought to ponder, thank you, my friend….

  3. Imagine what a different world we might be living in if he had lived.

  4. Hello That is very true Lost him too soon .and the truth didn’t appear yet.
    What confuses me is who were on the top positions that time were on top positions till few years ago,Mr.???? the JR///.
    Mr.???????? and Mr.Jr?????? if you follow it was Government His time Later it came to Management.God Bless.

  5. Francine Cole via Facebook

    We lost him too soon!

  6. So glad it brought you back to that profound moment in time, Mary Ann.

  7. It was a wonderful speech. I haven’t heard one as inspirational and moving since. Thank you.

  8. You are very welcome, dear Walid.

  9. Hello.
    Thank you kindly you took me back fifty years.
    Nothing better than reading this first thing on this morning Let us Begin.God Bless.Thank you Brooke