Read The Last Lines Of The Speech JFK Would Have Given The Night Of His Assassination

With the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's death approaching, many are reflecting on the life and legacy of the former president.

Kennedy was shot and killed on November 22, 1963 while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

Below, the last words of the speech Kennedy planned to give in Texas the night he was assassinated:

Below, a transcript of the text pictured above:

Neither the fanatics nor the faint-hearted are needed. And our duty as a Party is not to our Party alone, but to the nation, and, indeed, to all mankind. Our duty is not merely the preservation of political power but the preservation of peace and freedom.

So let us not be petty when our cause is so great. Let us not quarrel amongst ourselves when our Nation's future is at stake.

Let us stand together with renewed confidence in our cause -- united in our heritage of the past and our hopes for the future -- and determined that this land we love shall lead all mankind into new frontiers of peace and abundance.



John F. Kennedy