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Saturday, November 22, 2003

 

STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR DEAN ON THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY

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From Dean for America...
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November 22, 2003

STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR DEAN ON THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY

DETROIT--Governor Howard Dean, M.D. issued the following statement on the anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy:

"Forty years have passed since President Kennedy was assassinated, but we still remember the shock and pain of that awful day. We lost a president, and our country grieved, and yet we knew that we could not lose the hope that Kennedy represented and instilled in an entire generation.

"When he was running for president, Kennedy spoke of offering America not a set of promises, but a set of challenges. This was his greatest legacy: his willingness to challenge each one of us to do better for ourselves and for our country, bolstered by his faith that we were ready for the challenge.

"He spoke often of America's ideals, and we honor his memory when we strive to live up to them. Our future depends upon the work that each of us must do to build a better nation and a better world. Let us make this anniversary more than a day of mourning -- let us make it a day of hope, as we dedicate ourselves to the citizenship and challenge that Kennedy lived and died for."

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