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JFK statue unveiled in downtown Fort Worth

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When people think about President John F. Kennedy, his assassination in Dallas usually comes to mind. But, another North Texas city also played a historic role in that fateful day.

A new memorial in downtown Fort Worth is meant to capture the hope and promise the president offered to the country and the world.

Darlene and Kenneth Ulch are from Ontario, Canada. They both remember the day President Kennedy was shot in Dallas.

"I said to my husband, 'We've got to get down there and see this,'" Darlene Ulch said.

What happened in Dealey Plaza in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963 is well documented. But the president started his morning in Fort Worth at what was the Hotel Texas, now the Hilton.

Shirley and Taylor Gandy helped spearhead The JFK Tribute project. They donate money for the memorial, which includes an 8-foot bronze statue, because they want Fort Worth's role in the story to be told.

"We just wanted Fort Worth residents and visitors to know that President Kennedy spent his last night here. He gave his last two public addresses here," Shirlee Gandy said.

Taylor Gandy said he was a young professional working in downtown Fort Worth at the time. He ventured out in the rain to hear the president speak.

"There were so many people I couldn't get close enough to hear him speak," he said.

The tribute will also include quotes from the president's most historic speeches.

"If you read the text of his speeches, what he said then is just as important as it is now," said Andrew Taft with Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.


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