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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:661
AUTHOR:John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–63)
QUOTATION:In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility—I welcome it.
ATTRIBUTION:President JOHN F. KENNEDY, inaugural address, January 20, 1961.—The Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1961, pp. 2–3.

  This is one of seven inscriptions carved on the walls at the gravesite of John F. Kennedy, Arlington National Cemetery.
SUBJECTS:Freedom—defense of
 
 
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