Sunday 19 November 2017

Irish cadets pay respects at US embassy

Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

A GROUP of Irish Army cadets who served at John F Kennedy's funeral were among those present at a commemoration ceremony in Dublin.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and US Charge d'Affaires Stuart Dwyer laid wreaths at the US embassy in Ballsbridge.

During a moving ceremony, members of the 36th and 37th cadet classes of the Irish Defence forces held salute as the US flag was lowered.

It was the 36th cadet class which was tasked with welcoming President Kennedy to Ireland in June 1963.

And members of the 37th cadet class served as part of a guard of honour at his funeral in Arlington National cemetery.

Mr Dwyer described John F Kennedy as "a president who could inspire" and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said the president's assassination would remain "etched indelibly" in the memory of the Irish people.

Irish Independent

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