John F. Kennedy Memorial



1965: John F. Kennedy Memorial-This memorial stands halfway up the Cooper's Hill Slopes and overlooks Runnymede,

on ground previously belonging to the Crown and now the property of the United States of America. It is made of Portland stone to the

design of G.A. Jellicoe and was unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth II on 14 May 1965 in the presence of President Kennedy's widow and children.

Visitors reach the memorial by treading a steep path of irregular granite steps, one for each year of Kennedy's life.

The inscription reads: 'This acre of English ground was given to the United States of America by the people of Britain in memory of

John F. Kennedy, born 19th May, 1917: President of the United States 1961-63: died by an assassinís hand 22nd November,1963.

"Let every National know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend

or oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty": from the inaugural address of President Kennedy, January 1961.'



{ 50th Anniversary event at the Memorial on Runnymede }

{22nd November 2013}












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