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ATTRACTIONS — USA:
Dallas, Texas —
John F Kennedy Memorial & Plaza


The story of John F. Kennedy is one of the most painful and intriguing stories in modern American history – perhaps even in its entire history. Gunned down in front of his wife and the rest of the world during an open-top car procession, much mystery still surrounds this great man’s death. Although the case is officially closed, much controversy still remains. The John F. Kennedy Memorial and Plaza is a reminder to what this great man stood for.

Designed by top US architect and close family friend, Philip Johnson, the Memorial itself is a 50-foot square concrete tomb with an open roof, otherwise known as a cenotaph. The outside of the tomb informs visitors as to what a cenotaph is with the inscription saying “a memorial for one whose remains lie elsewhere.” Inside the tomb, the name of the late president is also inscribed on the wall.

Open 24 hours a day, all year round, the Monument was inaugurated in 1970. The Monument’s upkeep is funded by the locals of Dallas and is lit up all the way through the night so that visitors and tourists alike can take advantage of this moving structure. Although the daytime is opportune for photo opportunities, there is something really special about the John F. Kennedy Memorial at night. If tourists can time their trip accordingly, a night time vigil on the eve of the anniversary of the president’s death is something that should not be missed.

Situated very close by is the Dealey Plaza, complete with the bridge under which John F. Kennedy was travelling at the time he was murdered. Built in the 1930s as a Works Progress Administration construction project, the Plaza was named after the late George Dealey, the editor of the Dallas Morning News.

The surrounding area is a part of the heavy Dallas metropolis with many hotels and shopping opportunities for tourists. Even those who just passing through Dallas should make a special attempt to visit the Monument and the Plaza.

Together, the Dealey Plaza and the John F. Kennedy Memorial remain as a stark reminder as well as a symbol of hope for the future so that nothing of this magnitude will ever happen again.