Shots rang out as President John F. Kennedy was assassinated this day, Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. He was on his way to deliver a speech at the Dallas Trade Mart. The speech he had prepared stated: “We in this country … are … the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask … that we may be worthy of our power … that we may achieve … the ancient vision of peace on earth, goodwill toward Man.” President Kennedy’s speech concluded: “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.'”

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