When the announcement of President Kennedy's shooting was made public?
I was sitting in my eighth grade English class, left-hand row of seats in the classroom, the row nearest the windows, second seat back. School was dismissed, and we went home to watch the other events of that week on television.
It is good to remember this admonition from him: "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
But look at the context:
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. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
We have strayed, but we can get it back!