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John Fitzgerald Kennedy

 
 
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 23, 2015
1. John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial
Inscription. John Fitzgerald Kennedy
May 29, 1917
November 22, 1963
35th President of the United States
1961-1963
Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country
Dedicated by the Borough of Brooklyn May 31, 1965
Rededicated August 24, 2010

 
Erected 1965 by The Borough of Brooklyn.
 
Location. 40° 40.456′ N, 73° 58.21′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is on Grand Army Plaza, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11238, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alexander Skene Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Defenders of the Union (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Major General Gouverneur Kemble Warren (about 500 feet away); James T Stranahan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden (approx. 0.6 miles away); Line of Defense (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historic Marker of Battle Pass (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
 
Categories. Politics
 
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Marker rear image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 23, 2015
2. John Fitzgerald Kennedy Marker rear
John Fitzgerald Kennedy image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2015
3. John Fitzgerald Kennedy
This 1966 painting of John Fitzgerald Kennedy by William Franklin Draper, from a 1962 life sketch, hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, America experienced an enduring sense of loss that it had not known since the death of Abraham Lincoln in 1865. Unlike Lincoln, the loss was not that of an indispensable leader in a time of great crisis, but an expression of unfulfilled promise, of a young president cut down just as he seemed poised to become a mature statesman. Kennedy had charmed Americans with his grace and eloquence, inspired them with his 'New Frontier,' and challenged them to overcome all 'burdens' and 'hardships.' The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, an initial foreign policy fiasco, was later followed by success in forcing the Soviet Union to remove its missiles from Cuba. For many Americans, the violent end to Kennedy's life not only terminated a promising presidency but fostered a crisis of confidence in the United States.

William Franklin Draper depicted Kennedy in his favorite rocking chair, which the president used because of his chronically bad back; ironically, the young and 'vigorous' president was beset by serious health problems." — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   3. submitted on October 11, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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