SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – On November 22nd, 1963, former President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. However, Kennedy’s mark on Springfield is not forgotten, with one of the longest running remembrance held in his honor Tuesday.
In his commencement address to Springfield College’s Class of 1956, a then Senator John F. Kennedy said, “I ask you to examine the prospects of Massachusetts more closely – to measure them not by the gloomy defeatism of the past but by the bright hopes for the future.”
Decades later, an eternal flame still burns in Springfield, much like its pair at Arlington National Cemetery. But history is not always as far away as we may think it is.
“It’s hard to recall that 16 presidential elections ago Jack Kennedy won,” said Congressman Richard Neal.
Each year at Forest Park, people come together to share stories of the former President from Massachusetts.
“What President Kennedy brought us was the exuberance of hope,” Mayor Domenic Sarno said to the crowd.
November 22nd, 1963 was a dark day in America’s history but it’s the speech he wasn’t able to deliver that still carries on.
“Let us stand together with renewed confidence in our cause, united in our heritage, the past and hope for our future,” Pastor Eli Serrano of Restoration Worship Center said, quoting the late President.