John F. Kennedy - Inaugural Speech - Portland, OR
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N 45° 33.192 W 122° 34.489
10T E 533186 N 5044494
Quick Description: This monument to JFK is located in the parking lot at the Grotto...a Roman Catholic sanctuary in Portland.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 3/25/2014 8:34:57 AM
Waymark Code: WMKDD6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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Long Description:
A plaque set on a marble slab has the relief image of John F. Kennedy and includes this excerpt from his inaugural address:

"Now the trumpet summons us again--not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need--not as a call to battle, though embattled we are--but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation"--a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.

Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility--I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it--and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own."

The plaque is undated and indicated that it was sponsored by the Catholic Order of Forresters, the Knights of Columbus, Holy Name Societies and Newman Gluss.
Address:
The Grotto 8840 NE Skidmore Street Portland, OR USA


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