Kennedy Society of Denmark
Purpose: Keeping alive John F. and Robert F. Kennedy’s inspiration
and philosophy of life, so that their good words can be translated into good deeds.

Profiles in Courage Award, 2022

For the year 2022 the Kennedy Society has decided to award John F. Kennedy's book: "Profiles in Courage" to the Ukrainian people for their courageous struggle for a free and independent Ukraine and for the right of each nation to choose - in their own way - its own future and hereby live in peace, freedom, and democracy.

The brave Ukrainian people have hereby lived up to President John F. Kennedy's words in his inaugural speech as newly elected President of the United States on 20th of January 1961 with his statement as follows:

"Ask not what your country can do for you- ask what you can do for your country."

Since the occupation of their nation the Ukrainian people have shown a clear alignment with President John F. Kennedy's words from his speech on 20th of January 1961:

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us ill or well that we will pay any price, bear any burden, endure any tribulation, support every friend, and raise ourselves against any enemy to ensure the survival and triumph of freedom."

This applies for all Ukrainians who have either been driven into exile or remained within their devastated homeland. The brave struggle and effort of the Ukrainian people for the freedom of Ukraine is entirely equivalent to the words of President John F. Kennedy in June 1961:

"We must be patient. We must be decisive. We must be brave. We must accept both dangers and burdens, but by the will and effort, freedom will prevail."

The efforts of the brave Ukrainian people also echo the words of Senator Robert F. Kennedy in his book: "To Seek a Newer World", 1967:

"Guns and bombs cannot fill empty stomachs or educate children, can not build homes or heal the sick. But these are the ends for which men establish and obey governments. They will only give their loyalty to those governments, which fulfil these needs."