New Ross Town Council have announced details of the town’s 50th anniversary memorial event ‘The Remembering’ which will take place in the town on November 22, to remember and to celebrate the life of President John F. Kennedy.
JFK 50 ‘The Remembering’ is the last in a year long event programme to commemorate the 35th President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy and his visit to New Ross on 27th June 1963.
On the November 22 in 1963, while on a campaign trip President Kennedy was shot and killed. The world mourned for an inspirational leader.
Announcing ‘The Remembering’ events New Ross Town Manager Eamonn Hore said, “This is a simple, understated and respectful public memorial commemorating President Kennedy’s life. It marks the close of the year of the JFK50 in New Ross and though this is a poignant occasion it has been a wonderful year and we are very thankful to everyone who joined in the JFK50 during the year of The Gathering, in particular every member of the Kennedy family. We are delighted that Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the United States of America, Mr. Stuart Dwyer will attend the Wreath Laying and Memorial Mass on November 22. Cathaoirleach Niamh FitzGibbon has issued an open invitation to everyone to be part of this commemoration.”
On Friday, November 22nd a short ceremony will take place at the Emigrant Flame during which wreaths will be laid. The ceremony will commence at 5.50pm and at 6.00pm a Memorial wreaths will be laid on the Quay in honour of the 35th President whose life was cut short in Dallas in 1963 at 6.05pm Irish time. The event on the Quay will pay tribute to the President and all those who left our shores never to return home.
The Emigrant Flame was carried to New Ross from ‘The Eternal Flame’ at President Kennedy’s graveside at Arlington National Cemetery earlier this year. On June 22, on the 50th anniversary of the visit of President Kennedy to his hometown An Taoiseach Enda Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy and Jean Kennedy-Smith set alight the Emigrant Flame monument a symbolic world globe encasing the roots and branches of an Irish Oak tree surrounded by a circle of black granite with a mariners compass carved into the structure on New Ross Quayside and the Dunbrody famine ship as a powerful backdrop.
On Friday, November 22nd, ‘The Remembering’ ceremony also feature the premiere of ‘John Fitzgerald Kennedy – The Flame still Burns Brightly’ a specially composed piece of music by distinguished Irish composer Vincent Kennedy. The piece was commissioned by New Ross Town Council for the event and covers the themes of JFK’s presidency. Members of up to ten different bands will perform this piece.
Following the laying of the wreaths a special Mass to commemorate the life of President Kennedy will be celebrated in the parish Church at 7pm celebrated by Bishop of Ferns Dr. Denis Brennan.
Chairman of JFK50, Cllr. Michael Sheehan added, “The theme of reflection and remembrance encapsulates the highs and hopes of both nations and a fitting tone to close the year. The year has elevated the profile of New Ross and given the area a boost. New Ross has a bright future and as a result of the year, we have a renewed confidence and optimism.”
Earlier in the day the JFK Trust will host a private remembrance ceremony, which will be held at the Kennedy Homestead in Dunganstown, New Ross at 3 p.m. on November 22 to reflect on the life and work of President John F Kennedy and his continuing legacy. The Charge D’Affaires of the US Embassy, Stuart Dwyer will be present.
These events are open to the Public with no invitation required. For further details see http://www.jfk50ireland.com