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JFK: I'll Be Back in 1964 - Waterbury, CT
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 41° 33.402 W 073° 02.465
18T E 663357 N 4602411
Quick Description: A plaque in front of the Elton Residential Care Home at 30 W. Main St., opposite Waterbury Green, described the unusual fulfillment of a campaign promise made by John F. Kennedy.
Location: Connecticut, United States
Date Posted: 5/15/2018 5:07:02 AM
Waymark Code: WMY9GA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
Views: 3

Long Description:

Candidate John F. Kennedy made a speech at Waterbury Green on October 17, 1962. He promised to return the last week of the 1964 campaign. However, fate intervened and Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. The pledge was fulfilled by his brother Robert.

A marble base has the seal of the President of the United States and a bronze plaque which is inscribed:

"I MUST SAY, HAVING BEEN HERE AT THREE O'CLOCK IN THE
MORNING AND NOW AT SIX-THIRTY IN THE EVENING THAT WATERBURY IS
EITHER THE EASIEST CITY IN THE UNITED STATES TO GET A CROWD IN,
OR IT HAS THE BEST DEMOCRATS IN THE UNITED STATES. IN ANY CASE,
OUR MEETING HERE AT TWO YEARS AGO THREE IN THE MORNING WAS THE
HIGH POINT OF THE 1960 CAMPAIGN, AND WE WILL MEET AT THREE O'CLOCK
IN THE MORNING THE LAST WEEK OF THE 1964 CAMPAIGN AND
WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS THEN."

JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY
OCTOBER 17, 1962
WATERBURY GREEN
(50,000-PRESENT)

THIS PLAQUE IS PRESENTED TO THE
JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY
MEMORIAL LIBRARY
BY THE TOWNSPEOPLE OF WOLCOTT, CONNECTICUT,
IN GRATITUDE TO THE ONLY PRESIDENT IN
HISTORY TO HONOR THE WATERBURY AREA BY
HIS CONTINUED PROMISES TO RETURN.
HIS PLEDGE WAS FULFILLED IN THE FALL OF 1964
BY THE LATE PRESIDENT'S BROTHER
ROBERT F. KENNEDY
WHO HAS ACCEPTED THIS PLAQUE ON THE
ANNIVERSARY OF THAT PROMISE. WE HOPE THAT
HIS LIBRARY AND THE EXAMPLES SET THEREIN
WILL SERVE AS AN
"ETERNAL FLAME"
BY WHICH FUTURE GENERATIONS OF
AMERICAN'S WILL BE GUIDED

PRESENTATION MADE AT
THE KENNEDY MEMORIAL LIBRARY BALL
STATE ARMORY, WATERBURY, CONN.

Price of Admission: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

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