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The unspoken speech

Friday, 22 November, 2013

Concluding remarks prepared for delivery in Dallas by President John F. Kennedy on 22 November 1963:

“We in this country, in this generation, are — by destiny rather than choice — the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of ‘peace on earth, good will toward men.’ That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago: ‘except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.'”

Here is the full text of the speech JFK was to have made at the Dallas Trade Mart on the day he was assassinated.


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