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JFK speech challenges students to find their 'moon'

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -

Mickey Muksian has been collecting sports and political memorabilia for decades. A good bit of it is related to John F. Kennedy.

"The closest thing I can get to him now is the documents and a couple of signatures. I missed the opportunity to meet him, shake hands with him. Even though you don't know him, you knew him," Muksian said.

The collectors' items help him feel connected to the past, a time again that will never be, altered by Lee Harvey Oswald at Dealey Plaza 50 years ago.

"The glow was gone. The magic was gone. They say that Camelot was gone. That seems like a cliche, but the magic was gone. The innocence was gone," Muksian said.

The archive of that history was just a click away for New Bedford High School students Friday.

"Keep his spirit going and keep on moving and do what he said to do. Challenge us to do something because he felt as though we could take on the challenge," said Trevor Cruz, a junior at New Bedford High School.

Kennedy's speech challenging the U.S. to send a man to the moon was chosen in particular for the students because in 1961, going to the moon seemed so out of reach.

"So they actually wrote down a challenging goal. What's their moon? What could be a moon for them? What would be reaching the moon for them?" said Ann O'Leary, who works in the library.

"Just because something is hard to accomplish doesn't necessarily mean that it's impossible," said sophomore Henrique Madeira.

Who knows what could have been or might have been had Kennedy not been killed. That doesn't matter now, as JFK continues to inspire long after he's gone.

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