John F. Kennedy

A Monument of Fame

Friday 22 November is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy,  an event which, arguably, defined a generation. As the thoughts of the world turn once more toward this tragic event it seemed appropriate to research our holdings relating to it. On Sunday 1 December 1963, Archbishop Michael Ramsey delivered the sermon at the memorial service held at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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Amongst the papers we hold relating to the service is a typescript of the Archbishop’s tribute. (Ramsey 41 ff. 32-33). In it he honours a man ‘who touched something universal in the human heart. … brave to the point of heroism as his actions in wartime shewed, youthful beyond the age when youthfulness always lasts, tenacious when there could be no compromise, infinitely patient when the human touch could win conciliation…’. It is a moving, heartfelt tribute to an inspirational figure, and a reminder that we…

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