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10/31/2012 11:14:00 PM
Kennedy tribute
Nov. 8 dedication set
The JFK Tribute is sited approximately where President Kennedy delivered his impromptu outdoor address. A bronze statue is at the center of a circular plaza, and behind the sculpture stands a wall with larger-than-life photos depicting the president’s visit to Fort Worth.
The JFK Tribute is sited approximately where President Kennedy delivered his impromptu outdoor address. A bronze statue is at the center of a circular plaza, and behind the sculpture stands a wall with larger-than-life photos depicting the president’s visit to Fort Worth.
Robert Francis
Editor

On Nov. 8 Fort Worth officials will dedicate a tributre to President John F. Kennedy to commemorate his visit to the city on Nov. 22, 1963, when he made two speeches prior to his fateful trip to Dallas.

A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony is scheduled at 9 a.m. Nov. 8 at the corner of Main and Eighth streets. Mayor Betsy Price, U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, former House Speaker Jim Wright, who was there that day, and others are scheduled to speak.

Area officials emphasize that the bronze statute at the center of a circular plaza near where he spoke will commemorate Kennedy’s themes that day – international leadership, the space race and science, a strong defense and a sound economy – that were the hallmarks of his visit. Kennedy was shot and killed by Lee Harvey Oswald later that day in Dallas.

In 2009, the city council authorized an agreement with Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives Inc. for improvements to General Worth Square Park, including the JFK Tribute.

Kennedy gave two speeches that day.

The first was delivered to a crowd that had been gathering for hours while a formal address was delivered to the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce in the Hotel Texas, now the Downtown Hilton. Most of the speeches can be seen on YouTube by Googling “Kennedy Fort Worth visit.” 

An 8-foot-tall cast-bronze sculpture of President Kennedy by Texas sculptor Lawrence Ludtke has been installed as part of the tribute funded by private sources. An interpretive exhibit tells the story of Kennedy’s visit.

 





Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2012
Article comment by: David Sheehan

Pres. Kennedy's motorcade made an impromptu
stop in Riveroaks on the way to Carwell's field
according to one of the press writers.

Supposedly, he got out of the car and talked to a group of school children and some nuns. This might have been near St Paul's.

Does anyone alive in F/W area have a recollection of that event?


Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2012
Article comment by: Jerry Bodiford

Are you familiar with John Hamilton? He is undoubtably the most dedicated teacher extraordinaire at Paschal High school. This teacher is amazing.
Here is an article :

http://schools.fwisd.org/paschal/news/Pages/2012-10-24_PHStoNameLibraryinHonorofJohnHamilton.aspx




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