Sen. Kennedy's Remarks On Awards

BOSTON -- It’s always very moving to be part of the Profile in Courage ceremony. These annual awards are a special tribute to President Kennedy because they honor the high ideals which inspired his own public life. He believed that public service is a noble profession, but that it often demands courage to do the right thing in the face of intense opposition. He understood that America would not be America without courageous officials willing to go against the grain, and he was constantly concerned that moral courage so often seemed absent in public life.

As Mark Twain said, “It is curious -- curious -- that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.”

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