#nablopomo #nablopomoed Blog A Day 22 A celebration for today…
...is that our nation moved forward with the vision of John F Kennedy…
in his words
This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor—it requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement.
Genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. For peace is a process—a way of solving problems.
Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. Our requirements for world leadership, our hopes for economic growth, and the demands of citizenship itself in an era such as this all require the maximum development of every young American’s capacity. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
There will be, as there always are, pressures in this country to do less in this area as in so many others, and temptations to do something else that is perhaps easier. But this research here must go on. This space effort must go on. The conquest of space must and will go ahead. That much we know. That much we can say with confidence and conviction.
From Ready Reference at JFKLibrary
“For a subject worked and reworked so often in novels, motion pictures, and television, American Indians remain probably the least understood and most misunderstood Americans of us all.”
–“Introduction,” The American Heritage Book of Indians, 3rd ed., Alvin M. Josephy, ed. New York: American Heritage Publishing Company, 1961 (page 7).
And for today, we are reminded…
“Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past – let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”
–“Loyola College Alumni Banquet, Baltimore, Maryland, February 18, 1958,” box 899, Senate Speech Files, John F. Kennedy Papers, Pre-Presidential Papers, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
I was 13 years old in Home Economics class at Hughes Junior High in Bismarck, North Dakota. It was cold, and felt colder. My friend and I didn’t believe it. I remember feeling like something was missing and worrying, “What would happen in America without the President?”
As a country, we have a ways to go. That’s natural. But thankfully, we have come a long way as well, and that we should remember and celebrate.
Where were you? What do you see to remember and to celebrate?