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President Kennedy Leaves for Europe

June 22, 1963 - President Kennedy left tonight for a 10-day journey through Europe to plead the cause of Atlantic partnership. The President’s jet transport took off from Andrews Air Force Base, to which Mr. Kennedy had flown by helicopter after spending a few hours with his family at Camp David. The Presidential party is scheduled to land in Cologne, Germany, at 9:50 a.m. tomorrow German time (4:50 a.m. New York time). Besides West Germany, Mr. Kennedy will visit Berlin, Ireland, Great Britain, Italy, and the Vatican on a mission that is partly sentimental. Primarily it is symbolic of his Administration’s strong desire to bridge frontiers and oceans with new forms of allied cooperation. The trip has been elaborately planned as a ceremonial spectacle and will keep the President on European television virtually all day every day.


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