Nightly News   |  November 22, 2013

Words of wisdom from JFK

A sampling from President John F. Kennedy’s speeches, in which he spoke about the New Frontier of the 1960s, the search for “the kind of peace that makes life on Earth living," and the importance of civil rights.

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>>> ladieand gentlemen, we have a press report over the wires. we hope that it is unconfirmed but we have to doubt it, that the president of the united states has been the victim of an assassination. we will play the funeral march from beethoven's symphony.

>> and that is exactly what the boston symphony orchestra went on to do 50 years ago tonight in boston. one of the countless chilling moments from that day, member, the nation before cell phones and internet and portable devices in shock as word of uth spread across the country, and we're going to end tonight with the words of jfk. we'll listen tohat made him different, why he mattered so much in life as he did and why so much was lost right here 50 years ago.

>> we stand today on the edge of a new frontier, a frontier of the 1960s . i'm asking each of you to be pioneers for that new frontier. the energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our coury and all who serve it, and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. and so, my fellow americans, ask not what your kcountry can do for you, ask what you can do for your country . we choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy but because they are hard because that challenge is one that we're willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win. our goal is not the victory of might but the vindication of right, not peace at the expense of freedom, but both peace and freedom . the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living and the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and build a better life for their children. not merely peace for americans but peace for all men and women. all free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of berlin, and, therefore, as a free man i take pride in the words ich bein ein berliner. 100 years, president lincoln freed the slaves yet their heirs, their grandsons are not fully free, and this nation, for all its hope and all its boasts, will not be bully-free until all its citizens are free. i look forward to a great future for america, a fute in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our sdom, its power with our purpose. i look forward to an america which will not be afraid of grace and beauty. where in the final analysis our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. we all breathe the same air. we all cherish our children's future, and we are all mortal.

>> president john f. kennedy , his life came to an end no more than 300 yards behind us in dallas 50