60th Anniversary of JFK's Berlin Speech
We honored the legacy of President Kennedy’s historic words in a series of events:
- Speech at public Berlin citizens’ festival
- Live TV interview
- Dedicating room in chancery with unveiling of his portrait
Ambassador Gutman gave remarks at the Schöneberg city hall in commemoration of JFK’s historic speech:
“Ich bin ein Berliner” – with this phrase, JFK made clear why we must stand up for the freedoms and democratic values shared by the United States and Germany. His words are just as true today as they were 60 years ago. @RegBerlin @KaiWegner @BerlinTempSchbg @TimShriver… pic.twitter.com/N0wISmB4Ca
— Ambassador Amy Gutmann (@USAmbGermany) June 25, 2023
On June 26, Ambassador Gutman gave a live interview on national TV (link to video in below tweet) and, later that day, ….
President Kennedy's message about defending democracy is just as relevant today as ever.
As I said this morning on #ZDFMoma, we will stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes – and "we" includes Germany and the United States.https://t.co/TpocCxMBlL
— Ambassador Amy Gutmann (@USAmbGermany) June 26, 2023
…she unveiled a new JFK portrait by Shepard Fairey at the chancery (Flickr photo album via FB):
To honor JFK’s indelible impact on the transatlantic relationship, we unveiled a powerful new portrait by Shepard Fairey. It is the centerpiece of the JFK Forum at @usbotschaft – a tribute to a president whose legacy will never be forgotten, in Berlin, and beyond. @ArtinEmbassies… pic.twitter.com/2DTyPiLHOj
— Ambassador Amy Gutmann (@USAmbGermany) June 27, 2023
Besides his famous Berlin speech, President Kennedy’s visit to West Germany involved several other significant stops as well.