JFK 50th Anniversary: Moment of Silence Marks Moment President Kennedy Shot

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings opens somber ceremony marking day Kennedy was assassinated.
3:00 | 11/22/13

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Yeah rebels might want to speak -- now it's -- life liberty. And the pursuit of happiness. The city of Dallas will continue on that course. The man we remember today gave us a gift that will not be squandered. He and our city will forever be linked. Big tragedy yes. But that tragedy and opportunity was granted to us. The chance to learn how to face the future when it's the darkest. And the most uncertain. How to hole and hide the torch. Even when the flame flickers. And threatens to go out. As the people of Dallas did then each of us. Will meet our oncoming challenges -- -- With courage. Honoring. But not living in the past. In never. Never flinching from the truth. We will meet the future. With the same vigor. Optimism and unfailing sense of duty. That our young president embodied. President Kennedy. Brought us that message. In his pocket. Down that street. On November 22. 1963. That message was to be delivered a few miles away in a speech to Dallas leaders following. -- -- It was a speech. He never got to make. But those unspoken words resonate far beyond the life of the man. To commemorate that day and those words. We are unveiling a memorial right here in this historic -- It is described the last lines of his son delivered speech. And -- served as a reminder. And a permanent monument. To president Kennedy's. Memory. Believe you. -- -- -- -- We in this country. In this generation. -- are -- destiny. Rather than choice. The watchman. On the world walls of world freedom. Well yes therefore. That we may be worthy of our power. And our responsibility. That we may exercise. Our strength -- wisdom. And restraint. And that we may achieve in our time. And for all time the ancient vision. Of peace on -- Goodwill toward -- That must always -- our goal. And the righteousness of our cause must always underlying our strength. Four -- was written long ago. Except the lord. Keep this city. The watchman. -- but. In -- Ladies and gentlemen. Would you join me in a moment of silence. In honor of the life. Of John. FitzGerald. Kennedy. A or. Okay. It is -- days. No new. Yeah okay. OK. It's. -- -- Okay. Oh. Globe at home mom okay. Season. And I -- okay. -- -- -- -- -- Beauty and automobile. -- -- Yeah. This. Okay. Oh yeah. It is. Wu oh. It's okay. -- -- -- OK. Are. Being. I. Okay. -- People who believe law. And -- you know. Okay. -- -- Am. I a. The glee club from the US naval academy of questions can be served. Community -- and PT one on nine. Quite a different scene in Dallas today from the time fifty years ago when chaos. Broke out after their shots were fired.

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