Thursday, August 25, 2011

John F. Kennedy Memorial Parkway to be Renamed

Last night, the Utilities Committee voted to rename a portion of the JFK Memorial Parkway and re-dedicate it to our fallen war service members. Based on the committee report, the portion that will be changed is the section from Chestnut Ridge Road to Abbe Road.

I was the sole committee member voting against this change. While I appreciate the desire to have a memorial to our fallen service members, I am not in favor of taking a memorial away from one in order to give a memorial to another. I have heard from several of you already who feel the same way. Many people still remember the day that President Kennedy was assassinated and the existing memorial is a remembrance of that tumultuous time in our nation's history. A memorial to our service members can be created in another part of the City without taking away from the existing memorial to President Kennedy.

The change will become effective if passed by full Council at the September 6 regular Council meeting.


Anonymous said...

On September 27, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy visited Lorain. He was the first Presidential Candidate to do so.

48 years later, on February 28, 2008, Caroline Kennedy, President Kennedy’s daughter and only surviving child, came to Elyria to campaign for Barack Obama. It was the first time she’d endorsed a presidential candidate since her uncle, Ted Kennedy, ran in 1980. I wonder how she would feel about removing the dedication that was put in place to honor the memory of her father?

Nancy Tester said...

I too am opposed to renaming the highway. There are other streets that can be renamed. Please reconsider this proposal.

Nancy Tester

MARK F. CRAIG said...

Great letter to the editor today by Terry Wacker with a compelling argument to rename Middle Avenue.

MARK F. CRAIG said...

Council passed an ordinance last night to rename the described section of SR57. The vote was 8-3 in favor. Interestingly enough, the only two war veterans on Council (myself and Forrest Bullocks) voted against the measure.

RV said...

How disrespectful to a Commander-in-Chief who lost his life serving his country.

The Council should be ashamed that this passed!