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    King John affixed the Great Seal of England to the Magna Carta as he could not write.

    On Runnymede there are three memorials. One is to the men and women of the Allied Air forces in WWII. The memorial to the Magna Carta is in the shape of a domed classic temple and was paid for by the American Bar Association but there is also a memorial to JFK and is on land given to the USA. The inscription on it reads:

    'This acre of English ground was given to the United States of America by the people of Britain in memory of John F. Kennedy, born 19th May, 1917: President of the United States 1961-63: died by an assassin’s hand 22nd November,1963. "Let every National know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that 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": from the inaugural address of President Kennedy, January 1961.'

    The area is maintained by the National Trust. The JFK memorial was dedicated in 1965 and it is the coverage of that which you might have remembered.

    Does Magna Carta mean nothing to you? Did she die in vain?

    by Lib Dem FoP on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 11:20:00 AM PDT

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