You are invited to the dedication of the John F. Kennedy sculpture to the City of Fort Worth’s public art collection and the official unveiling of the JFK Tribute in Downtown Fort Worth on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 9 AM in General Worth Square.
About the JFK Tribute:
On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave two speeches in Fort Worth.
The first was delivered to a crowd that had been gathering for hours in the dark, braving a cold, early morning rain. Later, inside the hotel, a formal address was delivered to the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. Both speeches were received enthusiastically and within them the President called attention to Fort Worth’s roles in national defense and aviation history. He spoke optimistically of the future but warned of challenges. He spoke of leadership, space exploration and America’s role on the international stage.
He left Fort Worth, enjoying a ticker tape parade from the back of his convertible as it traveled on Main Street. Bands played, cheerleaders waved and thousands greeted the President as the bright sun shone down on the motorcade. The President’s visit to Fort Worth was a remarkable success.
A few hours later, the excitement and themes of his Fort Worth visit were all but forgotten.
We are calling this a tribute rather than a memorial because it will focus on the presidency of JFK and his visit to our City on November 21 and 22 of 1963”, says Taylor Gandy who along with his wife Shirlee has worked on this project for over four years. “That was 49 years ago this November. The focus for the last 49 years has been on his death in Dallas, but the purpose of the tribute will be to focus on his trip to Fort Worth and the role our City played on that day.”
The center piece of the tribute will be an 8 foot bronze of the President that will be on permanent display in the center of the tribute. It will be surrounded by pictures of the scene in Fort Worth that morning and his comments about the role played by Fort Worth in the defense of our country. The bronze itself is museum quality and will be an important addition to the display of public art in our City.
Former Speaker of the House Jim Wright will be present and will say a few words. He is the only person still alive that was on the podium that morning for the speech given by the President outside in the park. The tribute itself is located almost exactly where the President stood to deliver the speech. The location is a little closer to Main Street so the tribute can be seen from the street. Going forward it should be a very popular tourist attraction as well as being used for educational purposes as future generations of citizens learn of what happened in Fort Worth that morning.