Star City in Monongalia County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
John F. Kennedy Memorial Park
A Father's Love
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 25, 1963.
This memorial was made possible through the contributions of local individuals. The creators of this monument chose four special examples
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 and its best hope for the future.”
July 25, 1963
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. Touch for map. Located in Edith Barill Riverfront Park. Marker is in this post office area: Morgantown WV 26505, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Star City Veterans Monument (here, next to this marker); Honor Roll Star City, W.Va. (a few steps from this marker); West Virginia University (approx. 1.1 miles away); Core Arboretum (approx. 1.1 miles away); Scotts Run/The First Shack (approx. 1˝ miles away); Scott’s Run Veterans Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away); Seneca Glass Company (approx. 2 miles away); 201st Infantry/ Field Artillery (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Star City.
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