Star City in Monongalia County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
John F. Kennedy Memorial Park
A Father's Love
It was here in Star City that John F. Kennedy announced his intention to enter the West Virginia primary as a candidate for the Presidency of the United States. This decision was motivated by deep concerns within his party that a Roman Catholic could not be elected President. Kennedy's decisive victory in the heavily Protestant state allayed those doubts and proved instrumental in gaining him the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party.
As Arthur Edson of the Associated Press wrote:
"If our political disputes are ever remembered as our battlefields are now, West Virginia will become a national shrine. For it was in West Virginia's beautiful mountains, in its thriving cities, in its impoverished coal fields that the decisive battle was fought that gave Senator John F. Kennedy the Democratic Presidential nomination."
Senator Kennedy was elected President in 1960. His presidency was short lived due to an assassin's bullet.
This memorial is dedicated to "A Father's Love", symbolized by the endearing image of John John's salute to his father's casket on the day of President Kennedy's funeral, November
This memorial was made possible through the contributions of local individuals. The creators of this monument chose four special examples to portray with President Kennedy, "A Father's Love." These four were complemented by dozens of individuals who chose their father, grandfather or grandmother to be remembered on this memorial.
Congressman Tip O'Neal (D-Massachusetts) suggested the idea of a monument in Star City, WV to Michael A. Oliverio, Sr. in the 1980's. It was then Mr. Oliverio spearheaded the effort to create this monument and inspire others to memorialize their fathers as well. This memorial was dedicated on June 17, 2007.
The following individuals helped make Mike Oliverio's dream of building this monument a reality: David DeCarlo, John Lynch, Robert Lynch, Allan Sharp, Billy Coffindaffer, Senator Mike Oliverio II, Senator Roman Prezioso, Chris Kroll, Bob Romah, Robert Lloyd, Carl Davis, Frank Oliverio & Michael Rowan
(plaque on left)
“Children are the world’s most valuable resource
July 25, 1963
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #35 John F. Kennedy series list.
Location. 39° 39.58′ N, 79° 59.457′ W. Marker is in Star City, West Virginia, in Monongalia County. Marker is at the intersection of Frontier Street and University Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Frontier Street. Located in Edith Barill Riverfront Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morgantown WV 26505, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Star City Veterans Monument (here, next to this marker); Honor Roll Star City, W.Va. (a few steps from this marker); Jeffrey D. Straface (approx. 0.6 miles away); Indian Park - Burrows Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bunny Hop (approx. 0.9 miles away); Jerry West (approx. 0.9 miles away); Music (approx. 0.9 miles away); Hot Rod Hundley (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Star City.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 6, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 458 times since then and 117 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 6, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.