SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Those who remember gathered in Springfield’s Forest Park Sunday afternoon to honor the memory of the late President John F. Kennedy.
It was a solemn gathering at the Kennedy Monument and eternal flame, where those who knew him or merely admired the man come together on Sunday November 22nd, the date of JFK’s death in Dallas 52 years ago.
Among the speakers, Congressman Richard Neal of Springfield. He’s often said John F. Kennedy had inspired him to a life in public service.
Neal told 22News, “You could make the argument that today there are tens of thousands of people who hold public office across America who were inspired by his example.”
It’s been said that people of certain generation cannot never forget where they were and what they were doing when they got the news of the President’s death that autumn afternoon in 1963.
Dave Vigneault of Springfield said, “I was a State Representative and I was in the House lobby on the phone and I couldn’t believe it at first.”
Thomas Ireland of Springfield said, “I was just coming down Dwight Street from the barber shop, I heard it on the radio.”
Except for Kennedy eternal flame at Arlington National Cemetery where the late President is buried, Springfield is home to the only eternal flame in America honoring the 35th President of the United States.