JOHN KERRY: I was born in Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Colorado. My dad was serving in the Army Air Corps. Both of my parents taught me about public service.
I enlisted because I believe in service to country. I thought it was important, if you had a lot of privileges as I had had, to go to a great university like Yale, to give something back to your country.
DEL SANDUSKY (U.S. Navy, Kerry crewmate, Vietnam): The decisions that he made saved our lives.
JIM RASSMANN (U.S. Army Special Forces, Vietnam): When he pulled me out of the river, he risked his life to save mine.
ANNOUNCER: For more than 30 years, John Kerry has served America.
DAUGHTER VANESSA KERRY: If you look at my father's time in service to this country, whether it's as a veteran, prosecutor or senator, he has shown an ability to fight for things that matter.
WIFE TERESA HEINZ KERRY: John is the face of someone who's hopeful, who is generous of spirit and of heart.
JOHN KERRY: We're a country of optimists. We're the can-do people. And we just need to believe in ourselves again.
ANNOUNCER: A lifetime of service and strength. John Kerry for president
KERRY: I'm John Kerry, and I approve this message.