It was fifty years ago this week, on that fateful November day in Dallas, Texas that President Kennedy was shot dead.
But in life, the youthful Kennedy, along with his wife Jacqueline, forever changed the office of the American Presidency. He called on Americans to rise to the challenge of a new era.
Abroad, he emphasized the power and persuasion of the U.S. as when he told a crowd in West Berlin that he, too, is a Berliner.
In the autumn of 1962, Kennedy guided the country through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the closest the country ever came to flirting with nuclear war.
But it was his shocking death that forever ingrained Kennedy into the American psyche.
On November 22, 1693, 46-year-old Kennedy and the First Lady arrived in Dallas for a five-city re-election fundraising tour.
At around 12:30, shots rang out from the Texas School Depository and Kennedy, along with Texas Governor Connally, were struck.
That weekend, the nation mourned and watched, as his alleged assassin, former Marine Lee Harvey Oswald was shot by a nightclub owner on live television.
Today, the eternal flame at Arlington National Cemetery marks the grave of the late President, whose promise was tragically left unfulfilled.