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Mourners file past the bier of President John F. 24, 1963. (AP Photo)

FILE In this Nov. Kennedy. Oswald, who denied any involvement in the shooting, was formally charged with murder. (AP Photo)

This photo released by the National Archives shows the bloodstained interior of President John F. Kennedy's limousine after his assassination, shown May 3, 1994. The photo, taken after the vehicle was returned to Washington from Dallas, was part of nearly 50,000 photos and documents released from the assassination investigation. (AP Photo)

File In the is Nov. 22, 1963 file photo, Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as President of the United Danny Amendola Nike Jersey States of America as Jacqueline Kennedy stands at his side in the cabin of the presidential plane on the ground in Dallas. Judge Sarah T. Hughes, a Kennedy appointee to the Federal court, left, administers the oath. In background, from left are, Jack Valenti, administrative assistant to Johnson; Rep. Albert Thomas, D Texas.; Lady Bird Johnson; and Rep. Jack Brooks, D Texas. (AP Photo/White House, Cecil Stoughton, File)

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy stops to say a few words to news and television reporters boarding the family's plane, Caroline, with his mother and sister, Eunice Shriver at Hyannis, Massachusetts on Nov. 23, 1963. Sen. Kennedy, acting as spokesman for the family, thanks the people for their messages after the late President John F. Kennedy's death. The family will attended the president's funeral services in Washington. (AP Photo/Bill Chaplis)

A 76 mm field artillery gun thunders a salute to the late President John F. Kennedy at Fort Myer, Va., at dawn, Nov. 23, 1963. A gun will fire each half hour from dawn to dusk at each Army and Marine Corps base to render honor to the late Commander in Chief. A similar ritual will be followed by Navy ships in port. The Washington Monument is silhouetted against the morning sky and the lights of the city of Washington. (AP Photo/Harvey Georges)

An unidentified Roman Catholic priest kneels in prayer beside a closed, flag draped coffin bearing the body of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, victim of an assassin, Nov. 23, 1963. The body of the 35th President of the United States lies in repose in the historic East Room of the White House. (AP Photo)

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2013 AND THEREAFTER FILE In this Monday, Nov. 25, 1963 file photo, a sailor weeps as the caisson bearing the body of President John F. Kennedy travels past him and other mourners in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. on the way to the burial site. (AP Photo/File)

Overhead shot from Nov. 24, 1963 of President John F. Kennedy's casket in Capitol Rotunda, with honor guard as slain President was laying in state. (AP PHOTO) 11/24/1963

Kennedy family members descend steps in Washington, Nov. 25, 1963, at the funeral for President John F. Kennedy. From front to back at left are: Caroline Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy and John Kennedy Jr.; behind them, Robert F. Kennedy, Patricia Kennedy Lawford and her husband, Peter Lawford; Little Sydney Lawford is at left of her mother. Behind Mrs. Kennedy are Jean Kennedy Smith and her husband Stephen E. Smith. www.officialpatriotsauthenticprostore.com/patriots-danny-amendola-jersey-c-5_19.html Near top are President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife Lady Bird Johnson. Behind the vice president is the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Maxwell D. Taylor. (AP Photo)

The funeral procession for the late President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the nation's youngest president struck down by an assassin's bullets, crosses the bridge leading to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 25, 1963. The procession slowly moves over the Memorial Bridge, with Lincoln Memorial in background, monument to another slain president. (AP Photo)

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2013 AND THEREAFTER FILE In this Monday, Nov. 25, 1963 file photo, Cardinal Richard Cushing leads the coffin bearing President John F. Kennedy into St. Mathew's Cathedral in Washington. (AP Photo/File)

John F. Kennedy, Jr., is guided to a pew inside St. Matthew's Roman Catholic church in Washington, Nov. 25, 1963 at the start of a funeral Mass for his slain father, President John F. Kennedy. Tt was John, Jr.'s third birthday. (AP Photo)

This diagram shows how Lee Harvey Oswald, suspected assassin of Pres. John F. Kennedy, was slain while being transferred to the county jail, Nov. 24, 1963. He was brought down the elevator en route to an armored car at Commerce Street when gunned down by Jack Ruby. Oswald died a short time later in the hospital. (AP Photo)

Police and reporters react after the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald, President Kennedy's assassin, in Dallas, Tex., Nov. 24, 1963. Hat belonging to Oswald's shooter, Jack Ruby, is shown. (AP Photo)

Lee Harvey Oswald, accussed assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is rushed into Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Nov. 24, 1963. Nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and killed Oswald as he was being transferred through the city jail's underground garage. Parkland Hospital also treated President Kennedy's fatal wounds two days earlier. (AP Photo/Ted Powers)

Burial of President John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery, Nov. 25, 1963. His brother Robert F. Kennedy and widow Jacqueline Kennedy arrive with the president's mother, Rose Kennedy behind them as the coffin is placed at the grave. (AP Photo/John Rooney)

Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of assassinated President John F. Kennedy, holds the American flag that covered the coffin of her husband. She is shown here at Arlington National Cemetery November 25, 1963, after the president was buried. (AP Photo/Eddie Adams)

Three Roman Catholic nuns pay their final respects at the grave of President John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery, Nov. 25, 1963. The nuns were among many who paused at the grave in Arlington after the funeral services. President Kennedy was the first Roman Catholic elected to the presidency. (AP Photo)

Detroit Lions' Nick Pietrosante (33), left, and Wayne Walker (55), right, stand during ceremonies honoring slain President John F. Kennedy, before a game between Detroit and the Minnesota Vikings at Metropolitian Stadium in Minneapolis, in this Nov. 24, 1963 photo. (AP Photo)

Servicemen stand guard over the flower banked grave of the late President John F. Kennedy as dawn breaks at Arlington National Cemetery, Nov. 26, 1963. A white picket fence encloses the area where the president is buried. (AP Photo)

It is a speech that was never spoken.

"Above all, words alone are not enough," he was supposed to say. "The United States is a peaceful nation. And where our strength Elite Danny Amendola Jersey and determination are clear, our words need merely to convey conviction, not belligerence. If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be of no help."

It is the speech President John F. Kennedy was to deliver at the Dallas Trade Center on Nov. 22, 1963 50 years ago yesterday.

The unspoken words alone are not enough to know whether the president would have veered from the prepared text he was to share. Those words are of no help in guessing who the young president would have become if he had lived.

But as the world marks the anniversary of his assassination, the legacy of who Kennedy was while he lived remains.

Mary Louise Hancock, a longtime state senator and a figure of Democratic politics in New Hampshire, remembered breaking the news of Kennedy's death to her mother 50 years ago, holding her while she cried.
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