Kennedy School Community Gathers to Remember President Kennedy

November 22, 2013


The Harvard Kennedy School community came together on Friday (November 22) to remember President Kennedy and to honor his legacy on the 50th anniversary of his death.  Dean David T. Ellwood delivered the following remarks to faculty, staff and students who gathered in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.

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Brief Remarks on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary
of the Death of President John F. Kennedy
David T. Ellwood
November 22, 2013


Good afternoon and welcome. We gather here today to remember.

To remember a man who called us to serve and sacrifice, to ask what we could do.

To remember a man who pushed us to reach into the heavens and beyond our own earthly limits in arts and science and in conscience.

To remember a man who faced the darkness of evil and offered the light of hope, who saw that if we can communicate and collaborate, between black and white lies not grey, but all the colors and all the music that give life beauty and meaning and humanity.

We gather here to remember that life is fragile, that it can be senselessly and unbearably ended by a bullet in Dallas, a bomb in Boston, a canon in Gettysburg, a storm in the Philippines, a mosquito in Africa, and a even the empty stomach of a child in our backyard or half way around the world.

We also gather to remember that a soul can live on in a heart, in a deed, in a school, in a leader.

We gather to remember that continuously, the torch is passed to new generations, and that it is for us – the living – to honor those we have lost by reflecting on their legacy and creating the future they dreamed of.

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Dean Ellwood speaks to HKS Community on November 22, 2013

Dean Ellwood speaks to the HKS community on November 22, 2013

"We gather to remember that continuously, the torch is passed to new generations, and that it is for us – the living – to honor those we have lost by reflecting on their legacy and creating the future they dreamed of." -- Dean David T. Ellwood