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Eternal Flame Burns in Forest Park for President John F. Kennedy

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — As the eternal flame in forest park burned, the crowd hung their heads as they listened to “God Bless America”. “The only eternal flame in the U.S. that burns 365 days of the year and a true remembrance of JFK,” said organizer Bill Marot.

Marot organized the 49th Annual Remembrance ceremony of President John F. Kennedy at Springfield’s Forest Park.

Congressman Richard Neal, and Mayor Domenic Sarno were among those who spoke in President Kennedy’s honor. “JFK was an individual that inspired people he really empowered people to service. Whether public or private sector, whether it was in the city of Springfield, commonwealth of Massachusetts, the country, or even the world,” Mayor Sarno said.

Those at Forest Park stressed the importance of taking time out of their Thanksgiving to remember President Kennedy. “I was with a group of people in April 1963 in the White House. I walked up behind him, I gave him my name, I told him where I was from but I said I grew up on Hungry Hill. He gave me this huge smile, shook my hand and said ‘come on. I’m going to show you the house,” said Richard Egolson. “This was such a milestone in the history of America, and it should live on forever,” 15-year-old Jake Roberts noted.

Three red roses were placed at the foot of the memorial stone, along with a wreath to commemorate the memory of our nation’s 35th president.

Marot says that Senator John Kerry is on his wish list for next year’s 50th anniversary.

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