American Minute with Bill Federer
Shots rang out as President John F. Kennedy was assassinated November
22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. The youngest President ever elected was
also the youngest President to die, barely serving 1,000 days.
The 46-year-old Kennedy was on his way to the Dallas Trade Mart to
deliver a speech, in which he had prepared to say:
“We in this country, in this generation, are-by destiny rather than
choice-the watchmen on the walls of world freedom.
We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and
responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and
restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the
ancient vision of peace on earth, goodwill toward men.
That must always be our goal-and the righteousness of our cause must
always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago, ‘Except the
Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.'”
Just three weeks after his Inauguration, February 9, 1961, President
Kennedy told a Breakfast for International Christian Leadership:
“Every President of the United States has placed special reliance
upon his faith in God…The guiding principle and prayer of this
Nation has been, is now, and shall ever be ‘In God We Trust.'”