HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A solemn candlelight vigil was held Sunday night in Holyoke to honor the 52nd anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
People in Holyoke gathered on Appleton Street at the JFK Monument to remember the 35th President of the U.S., who was from Massachusetts.
Those in the crowd held candles, while veterans gave their salutes. There were moments of reflection on his life and recognition for veterans of that era who gave their life for their country.
People told 22News what made JFK such an influential President. Brian Willette, commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart in Western Mass., said, “The sacrifice to his nation will never be forgotten, his inspiration is to so many. The fact is he’s the only President to receive the Purple Heart medal.”
JFK was the youngest ever elected president at age 40 when he took office in 1961.