JFK assassination remembered in Springfield ceremony

35th President was assassinated on November 22, 1963

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Tuesday marks 53 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade through Dallas, Texas. The assassination was one of the most momentous events in the 20th Century, and deeply affected millions of Americans.

As is the case every year on November 22, a ceremony was held at Forest Park in Springfield Tuesday, in honor of the 35th President. At 1:00 P.M., three red roses and a memorial wreath were placed at the foot of the JFK Eternal Flame at the park, and Taps was played.

Congressman Richard Neal (D-Springfield), Mayor Domenic Sarno, and other local officials were in attendance for Tuesday’s memorial.

“The flame burns here in memory of Kennedy with the idea, particularly in the season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, that it’s the light that we lift in our lives, that we hope to use as part of an aspiration that we offer the American people,” Neal said.

Prior to the start of the ceremony a moment of silence was observed in honor Betty Sullivan, wife of former Mayor William Sullivan, who recently passed away.