Distant echo

On the day he was assas­si­nat­ed, 40 years ago, John Fitzger­ald Kennedy was on his way to the Dal­las Trade Mart to give a speech.
A reporter assigned to cov­er the event “recalls(link to Opin­ion Journal)”:http://www.opinionjournal.com/taste/?id=110004330 what Kennedy would have said, in part. bq. “We in this coun­try, in this gen­er­a­tion,” he would have said, “are–by des­tiny rather than by 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 wis­dom of ‘peace on earth, good will toward men.’ That must always be our goal–and the right­eous­ness of our cause must always under­lie our strength. For as was writ­ten, ‘Except the Lord keep the city, the watch­men waketh but in vain.’ ”

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