I visited the grave of President John F Kennedy yesterday, a very moving moment for myself…
President Kennedy was one of the first world leaders who truly was a World Leader. People loved and respected him everywhere, in every nation, my Dad included. He has so much respect for President Kennedy and was deeply upset when this great man’s life was so tragically cut short before his time.
I said a prayer for President Kennedy and his family, that one day Kennedy’s vision of a better world, where all peoples come together to explore the Universe for the benefit of all Humankind, becomes our reality. This indeed is my own vision too, and perhaps in part I owe that to this great man, who is still loved and admired by many people to this day.
“The eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding.
Yet the vows of this Nation can only be fulfilled if we in this Nation are first, and, therefore, we intend to be first. In short, our leadership in science and in industry, our hopes for peace and security, our obligations to ourselves as well as others, all require us to make this effort, to solve these mysteries, to solve them for the good of all men, and to become the world’s leading space-faring nation.
We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people.”
~ John F. Kennedy (September 12, 1962)