New Fort Worth memorial pays tribute to JFK

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by MONIKA DIAZ / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 8 at 9:05 AM

FORT WORTH — Fort Worth will officially dedicate a memorial to President John F. Kennedy on Thursday morning. The JFK Tribute will honor his life and the time he spent in the city.

The memorial, at General Worth Square on Main Street, features an eight-foot bronze statue of the president, photographs, a waterfall, and quotes.

Taylor and Shirlee Gandy helped raise the $2 million for the project.

"It was going to be a tribute to the president's visit to our community," said Shirlee Gandy, co-chair of the JFK Tribute. "We wanted to remember that day."

Taylor Gandy was 27 when President Kennedy came to the city. He remembers inching his way through the crowds on November 22, 1963 to get a glimpse.

"I went north on Main until I got to 5th Street, and I got to a place where I could finally see the president's motorcade," Gandy said. "I saw him and Jackie. People were screaming and reaching, trying to touch him, and he was out into the crowd."

The Gandys told WFAA the city and dozens of donors got behind the project to make it a reality. They hope the tribute captures the city's connection to the president.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com

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