Friday, November 22, 2013 - Volume 4, Number 9

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Retrospective on the JFK Legacy



The Last Night


Please follow the link here to see pictures of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Houston on what would be his last night on earth.  Most of the pictures are of the motorcade trip.  The last few feature the downtown crowds, the LULAC speech, an evening banquet, and the President and the First Lady.

Houston Chronicle JFK Visit Images


The Work Is Our Own


By Marco A. Roberts


Many thoughts come to mind looking at these pictures of the last hours of an era that captivated America's and the world's imagination.  Some personal, a provoked retrospective of my own life that started not long before those images were taken, and how much Houston and I have changed since that day.


Even growing up in Puerto Rico and Mexico City, early on I became aware as a child of the power of the Kennedy vision, and the effect it had on people everywhere.  And now, yet still, after fifty years that have seen me grow from an infant to a man leaving middle age, these photos are as mesmerizing as ever, as seem all images of this lost, brief time.  Like looking past a two-way looking glass, into a dream of an America we all wanted, that never quite was.


When you look at the faces of the people watching the motorcades in Houston and Dallas, people clearly of all backgrounds and walks of life, this is what you see: all of them seem happy.  Everyone. 


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Most of them are gone now, only the youngest still among us as old men and women.  And still we all look back.  Even those of us too young to remember, we look back.  We look back with a certain longing, a slight tingle of pain that seems out of place for something so far removed from our personal lives.  Somehow we understand the sadness and sense of loss that has been conveyed to us by those who do remember.  We heard about Camelot and about a new generation of freedom, and we heard about the deep, terrible sorrow.  And, through each look back, we have seen the wave of tears that swept the nation.


We are always looking for someone to lift us up from the uncertainties and disappointments and struggles of our lives; to make us look ahead with optimism and hope, and to lead and have us know our path with confidence – with a firm belief that we are on the right side of God and history.   Perhaps the people in those images thought they had found that man, and then thought they had lost him.


    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. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. 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 citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.


Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. 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.  


President John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Inaugural Speech

January 20, 1961


The dream remains.  And, so does our work.




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