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Macomb County Bicentennial

A President to Remember – 1960

-Posted on February 19, 2018
 

From the Fall, 2013 edition of Macomb Now Magazine

Fifty years after his death, Macomb County sill remembers.

By Denis LeDuc

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.” President John F. Kennedy. October 1963.

JFK inspired a generation. In his 1961 inaugural address he called upon us to “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” On the steps of the Student Union in Ann Arbor, he outlined his vision of the Peace Corps. Kennedy challenged us to be the first nation to land on the moon, and stared down the Soviets in the Cuban Missile Crisis. He inspired a million people protesting the erection of the Berlin Wall and declared on behalf of the free world, “Ich bin ein Berliner.” He also had great humor as well. He quipped “I’m the man that accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris.”

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