“We Choose To Go To The Moon!” – John F Kennedy’s Inspirational Speech

Written on 14 October 2013.


It may seem unusual, but I have always seen autumn as a period of new beginnings.  This is probably because as a kid it was always the start of a new school year, and often a new class.  Later on in life it was the start of the first university term and my subsequent work in the education sector probably reinforced my feelings still further.  It is therefore at this time of year, rather than on New Year’s Eve that I often think of new beginnings, new projects, and new challenges.

John F Kennedy’s “We Choose To Go To The Moon” speech resonates with my feelings of greater optimism at this time of the year.  Its thrust of cutting new ground and use of words such as faith, vision, and boldness is inspiring and exemplifies new beginnings and new challenges.  The following line of the speech sums this up:

“We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people.” (John F Kennedy, 12 September, 1962, Rice University, Houston)

It is for this reason that I have decided to post a vid of the speech that I found on You Tube.  The text of the speech can be found HERE.


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