Nov. 22 marks a solemn day in United States history. Forty-nine years ago President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX.
Springfield officials commemorated the anniversary Thursday at a memorial in Forest Park.
Three red roses and a wreath were laid at the foot of the eternal flame in the name of JFK.
It's the only one in the country outside of Arlington in honor of the late president who holds a special place in the heart of Springfield.
"That night when he won the presidency in 1960 was here in Springfield, Massachusetts before he headed back out to Boston with throngs of thousands and thousands of people," Mayor Domenic Sarno said.
"Jack Kennedy was a native son of Massachusetts," said William Marot, co-chairman of the memorial.
Since learning of JFK's assassination on this day 49 years ago, Marot vowed to remember the late president.
"A friend of mine said the president has been shot and I said 'what do you mean? He's in Dallas, Texas' ... and I said to myself then, 'I will do something each and every year,' and I've done it," Marot said.
Every year, rain or shine, people come out to remember the president, whether it's Thanksgiving or not.
"People faithfully come here every memorial we hold for JFK," Sarno said.
Marot says this day each year is an important one to spread JFK's mission.
"His legacy will be peace throughout the entire world," Marot said.
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