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.