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Congressional Ceremony in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of JFK's Inauguration Speech



Washington, DC
Thursday, January 20, 2011

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1961 inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, Congress held a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol with remarks by House and Senate leaders and a "word of thanks" by Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late president.

Pres. Kennedy was sworn in at age 43 on January 20, 1961. He served as the 35th president of the United States for 1,036 days.  He captured the Democratic nomination in 1960 and went on to win one of the closest elections in U.S. history, making him the youngest elected president.

Two of President Kennedy's best-known phrases come from his inaugural address: "we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship..." and "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

Updated: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 4:15pm (ET)

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