. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – JFK – Dedication of Memorial To The Missing – Battery Park – May 23, 1963 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection.
Since it’s Memorial Day weekend; amid traditional barbecues, days off and celebrating – a reminder it’s a day of reflection and solemn remembrance of those who never got to celebrate, never fulfilled plans, never got to drift off into old age.
This dedication, to the missing and those who gave their lives while serving in the Navy in the Atlantic during World War 2, took place on May 23rd, 1963 at Battery Park, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty with President Kennedy giving the Dedication address.
During his address some 52 years ago, President Kennedy reflected that, even though World Wars 1 and 2 offered the promise of lasting peace when they ended – the conflicts, the burden of burying the dead as the result of ongoing war, was still going on.
52 years later, it still is.
Something to remember, as you get the grill ready, crack open the beer and look forward to having Monday off.
Here is that Dedication from President Kennedy – May 23, 1963.