Cicilline Honors Legacy of President John F. Kennedy

Friday, November 22, 2013

PAWTUCKET - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement to commemorate the life of President John F. Kennedy, who died 50 years ago today:

“Although he served fewer than three years in office, President John F. Kennedy left behind a legacy of leadership and accomplishment that continues to inspire generations. During his time in office, President Kennedy renewed our commitment to science and technology and gave our great nation a sense of optimism and pride with his promise to put a man on the moon. At the height of the Cold War, he skillfully negotiated a diplomatic solution to the Cuban Missile Crisis and brought the world back from the brink of nuclear annihilation. And at a time when many cities and states accepted the inevitability of dehumanizing segregation, President Kennedy committed himself to advancing the cause of civil rights and racial equality by calling upon Americans to respect and value the dignity of each other.”

“It has now been 50 years since his voice was silenced in Dallas, but President Kennedy's lifelong devotion to service and his visionary leadership continue to inspire Americans of all ages to give back to their country and work towards a cause that is greater than themselves. As our nation commemorates his life today, I hope all of us will continue to honor President Kennedy's memory by following his example, embracing new challenges, and working together to build a better world than the one we were given.”

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