JFK remembered in annual ceremony at Forest Park in Springfield

Hampden County

The late President John F. Kennedy was remembered in Springfield on Wednesday. It’s been 55 years since JFK was shot and killed by Lee Harvey Oswald.

The ceremony was held at the John F. Kennedy monument and the eternal flame in Springfield’s Forest Park.

Congressman Richard Neal and Mayor Domenic Sarno memorialized the late president. Some residents come every year to honor JFK.

“We have extremely high respect for the president and we come here to remember his legacy for us,” said Mark Manoogian. “And it’s still sad that he was killed.”

Former Springfield Mayor William Sullivan came to place a rose and a wreath at the foot of the Kennedy Monument. 

The former president would have been 101-years-old. He was shot to death in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963.

The ceremony is normally held on November 22, the day that Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963 but, is being held Wednesday because of Thanksgiving.

Fees to the park were waived until 2 p.m., so people may attend the ceremony. 

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