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From Magna Carta to John F. Kennedy

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King John agreed to the rights and freedoms of Magna Carta at Runnymede,
in a water meadow beside the Thames or on an island in the river. (The location is a little uncertain.)


At Runnymede, there are three memorials:

A domed classical temple built by the American Bar Association “To commemorate Magna Carta, symbol of Freedom Under Law"

The Air Forces Memorial, which commemorates the men and women of the Allied Air Forces who died during the Second World War

The British memorial to U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The stone memorial bears these words from President Kennedy’s Inaugural Address:

Let every Nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend or oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty.


The text of Magna Carta is here.

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