MICHIGAN GRADS GIVE UP TRIP MONEY FOR FELLOW STUDENT
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-four years ago today, June 21, 1962, President John F. Kennedy spoke to the graduating class from Glen Lake High School* in Michigan. The brief address was delivered in the White House Rose Garden at 9:45 a.m.
What made this particular group of 33 students extra special was that they had given up their trip fund to a fellow student who was undergoing treatment for cancer. They managed to make the journey to the Nation's Capital nonetheless thanks to contributions by residents of Washington, D.C.
President Kennedy acknowledged their sacrifice as well as the presence of the student the class helped, Duane Richardson.
The President, an avid history buff, pointed out the visible signs of the past to the students. President Kennedy said...
"You can't possibly move through Washington without getting a greater sense of devotion to your country. This house which is, I think, a symbol of all that is best about our country-that magnolia tree which was planted by Andrew Jackson; that building over there...is the Treasury. They had trouble deciding where it should be, and one day while Jackson was out walking he put his cane down and said, "This is where we are going to build the Treasury."
The speech was attended by Michigan Congressman Robert P. Griffin, a Republican, and Congressman Ken Hechler, a Democrat from West Virginia.
*Maple City-Glen Lake Junior/Senior High School is located at 3375 West Burdickville Road in Maple City, Michigan.
"John F. Kennedy, Remarks of Welcome to the Graduating Class of Glen Lake, Michigan, High School," June 21, 1962, www.presidency.ucsb.edu/