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CAMPAIGNINCi IN ROGK ISLAND S» nalor John F. Kennedy iravelrd in a moiorfadc through ihe dt»Hnlown area, ihfn made hin campaign address in the Rock Island F ' ield House before over 6,00() voters. November 22,1963 . . . The 35lh President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1%3. While riding in a motorcade, an assassin took the life of the president with a high-powered rifle. At school, first reports came drifting through the halls between 12:30 and 1:00 pm. “What is this rumor, anyway?” “Is it true?” “Oh no, it couldn ' t!” At 1:20 pm, after students had passed to fifth hour classes, the announcement was made to the student body and faculty that the president had died. The shock was quietly devastating. The grief affected each one of us privately. Some students openly cried. Others preferred blank silence. Most went on as best they could. All suffered. All knew our leader had fallen. None will forget November 22,1%3. A period of national mourning was called by the new President, Lyndon B. Johnson, through Monday, November 25. Out of respect to the late president, school was not in session on Monday at Rock Island Senior High School. INTRODUCTION
JOHN F. KENNEDY 35th President of the United States . .. An End to a Beginning? . Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friends and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans — bom in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, prrtud of our ancient heritage —and unwilling to witness the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world. Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, suppi rt any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. This much we pledge and more.’’ And the torch was passed. John F. Kennedy, emblematic of his vow, set out to proudly lead a new generation of Americans with a refreshing, youthful vigor, eager to defend our heritage of freedom, and pro¬ mote the cause of liberty. “All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first I.IXK) days nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our life¬ time on this planet. But let us begin. ' ’ And America did begin. X ' ith an iineqiialed sin¬ cerity, America began defending her goals and started her plight toward upholding human rights. “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 Amer¬ ica will do ff r 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.” And we did go forth. Striving for world peace, and American prosperity and happiness, John F. Kennedy partook the chosen task of molding America —confident of the American people and of God. INTROmiCTION 5
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