On the morning of November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy presented his last public speech in Fort Worth outside of the Hilton Fort Worth, formerly Hotel Texas. On that rainy Friday morning, thousands of Fort Worthians gathered outside General Worth Square to listen to the President as JFK gave the crowd inspiration in an uplifting speech where he famously said, “There are no faint hearts In Fort Worth”. For nearly fifty years, the events of that day in 1963 had overshadowed his visit to Fort Worth. The JFK Tribute exists to honor the positive ideals and themes of the President’s historic final speeches.
The Tribute in downtown Fort Worth is a 1.53 acre permanent open air exhibit located at the southeast corner of Main and 8th Streets, approximately where President Kennedy delivered his outdoor address. Visitors to the JFK Tribute will see the elegant eight foot Lawrence Ludtke bronze sculpture of President Kennedy surrounded by a granite plaza featuring photographs from this historic moment in time and read quotes from a number of memorable speeches. The exhibit also includes a water wall and will offer both an audio tour and downloadable transcripts of the two speeches he made that day via mobile app or, via the Tribute website.
Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. (DFWII) invites you to celebrate the opening of this exhibit with a public ceremony to begin at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, November 8, 2012. For more, including the full speeches on video and a project timeline, visit www.jfktribute.com