AOH to honor JFK in Walnut Hill Park

Published on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:07
Written by Skyler FrAzer

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN - The Irish-Americans of the city’s chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians will gather on Sunday to remember President John F. Kennedy.

The ceremony, which has been held every year since 1964 near the anniversary of Kennedy’s death, will be at the monument in Walnut Hill Park honoring JFK. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m.

Next Wednesday marks 54 years since Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

The brief ceremony will include reflections on his life and work the laying of a wreath.

“He was the first Irish-Catholic president,” said Tom Shields, one of the ceremony’s organizers.

According to previous stories in The Herald, and local contractor Dominic Colossale, an Italian immigrant, raised money through the spring of 1964 to erect the monument.

Colossale generated funding by selling Christmas trees and framed photographs of Kennedy. He personally covered the remaining cost of the 8-foot-tall granite statue.

About 800 people attended the dedication of the monument on June 14, 1964. The Flag Day ceremony, just under seven months after Kennedy’s death, celebrated one of the country’s first outdoor memorials established in honor of JFK. The program included remarks from Mayor James Dawson and U.S. Rep. Emilio Daddario, with attorney Paul McQuillan serving as master of ceremonies.

The monument bears an engraved profile of the president, a line from his iconic 1961 inaugural speech and the quote, “He gave his best in all things and in all ways.”

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Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:07. Updated: Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:17.