PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Today marks the 50th anniversary of the election of Senator John F. Kennedy to the presidency.
Less well known is the fact that he gave his final campaign speech here in Rhode Island. It was remembered Sunday at a ceremony at Providence City Hall.
The date was November 7, 1960. Speaking from the steps of Providence City Hall Senator John F Kennedy excoriated his opponent, Richard Nixon, and the Republican party for opposing social programs.
Yesterday at City Hall, President Kennedy's sister-in-law, Joan and two nephews - Patrick and Teddy --- gathered to remember that speech. Patrick Kennedy co-opted the President's "New Frontier" by dedicating the rest of his life to a "new frontier" in brain research.
"Before this decade is out, we've got to put aside all differences and come together as a national goal to solve the disorders of the brain," Kennedy said.
Kennedy, who is stepping down after 16 years in Congress, has battled substance abuse for years.
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