On the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's inauguration as President of the United States, his legacy continues to be talked about.
Kennedy was sworn in at age 43 on January 20, 1961, as the nation's 35th President.
MORE: Watch his inaugural speech and see other Kennedy moments at the bottom of this page.
The country was facing looming challenges, notably the spread of communism, the beginnings of the Cold War, and enforcing civil rights legislation.
After taking the oath of office, Kennedy focused his inaugural speech on reassuring allies, seeking common ground with adversaries, and calling to improve living conditions for people around the world.
To American citizens, he issued the now famous petition: "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country."
Fifty years later, as America now tackles new challenges, how do you answer the above question?
Does Kennedy's message have staying power to you?
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The domestic and world events that unfolded during Kennedy's time in office would set the country's course for the decades to come.
View a collection of Kennedy's speeches below (click the following links to view transcripts), including his inaugural address , speech about the Cuban Missile Crisis , the endeavor to reach the Moon , and commitment to Germany in the face of communism.
Cuban Missile Crisis
endeavor to reach the Moon
commitment to Germany
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