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.
Fort Worth leaders are prepared to tell the story of the first half of November 22, 1963, and in the telling, resurrect the President's themes that captured the spirit of his time.
Leadership. Ambition in the sciences. Volunteerism. Public service. Fort Worth's role in history. These themes should resonate as loudly today as they did then. The JFK Tribute will tell the Fort Worth story of that fateful day and communicate those grand themes to new generations through a beautiful work of art, an on-site display and via the internet.
To learn more, go to dfwi.org/what-we-do/projects/jfk
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