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.'"