Thursday, December 25, 2014



Knoxville, Tennessee, USA (JFK+50) The White family extends the best wishes of the season to all visitors of JFK+50.   

"Peace on earth, goodwill to men!" 

On December 17, 1962, President John F. Kennedy issued a message which included these words...

"This morning I (met) our representatives in the distant lands of Asia. They were returning to their posts for the Christmas holiday.  Talking with them afterwards, I was struck by the fact that in that far off continent Moslems, Hindus, Buddhists as well as Christians, pause from their labors on the 25th of December to celebrate the birthday of the Prince of Peace.

There could be no more striking proof that Christmas is truly the universal holiday of all men.  It is the day when all of us dedicate our thoughts to others, when all are reminded that mercy and compassion are the enduring virtues, when all show by small deed and set that, verily, it is more blessed to give than to receive.

It is the day when we remind ourselves that men can live in peace with his neighbors, and that it is the peace-makers who are truly blessed."


           President and Mrs. Kennedy
                   December 12, 1962
           Photo by Robert Knudsen
                         JFK Library