Tuesday, January 25, 2011 , Updated 11:14 a.m., February 27, 2012
UPDATED: John F. Kennedy tribute will be installed in downtown Fort Worth
It remembers the assassinated president's last morning in Fort Worth.
FORT WORTH We all remember what happened to President John F. Kennedy downtown Dallas on November 22, 1963, but it's often forgotten that the president and his entourage landed in the area on November 21, 1963 and spent some time in Fort Worth before that fateful ride through downtown Dallas. President Kennedy made a speech at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce the morning of November 22, 1963 to a "drenched, but appreciative audience, before addressing the Chamber’s originally scheduled breakfast meeting," says a release from Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc.
Downtown Fort Worth will soon house a JFK tribute featuring a statue and a circular memorial to commemorate his time in Fort Worth before the assassination. The tribute will be finished in May 2012.
[UPDATE: NBCDFW reports that construction will begin Monday, February 27, 2012.]
The tribute will include an eight-foot bronze statue made by sculptor Lawrence M. Ludtke, who used to live in Texas; photos of JFK's visit to Fort Worth; and audio and written downloads of his Fort Worth speeches. You'll be able to access them on a mobile phone or on the Internet.
If you've got something to say about it, a public input meeting will be hosted at 5:30 p.m. February 2 at the Hilton Fort Worth Hotel in Crystal Ballroom A.
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