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John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address

 
 
John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, May 27, 2022
1. John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address Marker
Inscription.  
John F. Kennedy, at 43, was not only the youngest American President over elected, but was also the first 20th century president to be actually born in that century. Thus, his inaugural address on January 20, 1961, was viewed by many as heralding the new thinking and spirit of 20th century America - or as his domestic policy came to be known, the "New Frontier. Best remembered for its admonition to all Americans to ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country the speech also called out to the entire world to Ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. Kennedy's presidency was ended tragically in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, by an assassin's bullet. The original reading copy of Kennedy's inaugural address resides in the National Archives.

… 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
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America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice that we shall 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."
John F. Kennedy

 
Erected by F. Leo Groff, in memory of Madelyn M. Groff.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. A significant historical date for this entry is January 20, 1961.
 
Location. 41° 27.323′ N, 82° 42.608′ W. Marker is in Sandusky, Ohio, in Erie County. Marker is on East Washington Row (U.S. 6) west of Wayne Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 E Washington Row, Sandusky OH 44870, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gettysburg Address (here, next to this marker); Surrender - World War II (here, next to this marker); Perry's Monument (here, next to this marker); Emancipation Proclamation (here, next to this marker); "The Star Spangled Banner" (here, next to this marker); Bill Of Rights (here, next to this marker); The Monroe Doctrine
John F. Kennedy's Inagural Address Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, May 27, 2022
2. John F. Kennedy's Inagural Address Marker
(here, next to this marker); Statue Of Liberty (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandusky.
 
John F. Kennedy's Inagural Address Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, May 27, 2022
3. John F. Kennedy's Inagural Address Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 26, 2024. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on February 15, 2024, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on September 9, 2022.   2, 3. submitted on August 27, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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