I was 10 years old, and I still remember watching his speech on our B&W television set.

On this day, Jan. 20, 1961, the youngest man ever elected president delivered his Inaugural Address. JFK stirred the hearts of young and old alike that day with words of patriotism, self-sacrifice, and a warning to America’s foes. In history’s wake, we can question or debate the effectiveness of his administration’s policies, but we cannot doubt the energy and vitality he brought to his office. Or how he saved us from the brink of thermo-nuclear war with Russia.

Remember these words?

“The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so, my fellow Americans—ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country…Let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.” – President John F. Kennedy

I pray we turn our hearts to such a grand sentiment and determine what each of us individually can do to strengthen our beloved nation.

Loving each other is a great first step.