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JFK In L.A.

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, tributes to the 35th president are all around us

Photograph courtesy Wikipedia.org

Tomororw the world will mark 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas. The youngest leader in American history was nominated at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. He held fundraisers at the Beverly Hilton, and traveled here during his time in office. His last visit was five months before his death and included a swim in Santa Monica and a visit to the home of his brother-in-law, Peter Lawford. Soon after the assassination, Angelenos began honoring him with memorials. Some were controversial, like the failed bid to rename the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, but others were simple, like the gingko tree at a school in Canoga Park, where students noted that the falling leaves “symbolize the falling of a great man.” 

Here, organized geographically, are a few of the many Southern California tributes to our 35th president:

WEST 

Mural on the Berlin Wall
5900 Wilshire Building
5900 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Courtyard
Palms Middle School
10860 Woodbine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90034


EAST

School
John F. Kennedy Elementary School
(renamed Thurgood Marshall/Harriet Tubman/Cesar Chavez Alternative School.)
12501 S. Wilmington Ave.
Compton

Bronze plaque
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
3911 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Award
JFK Awards
Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Stadium Club at Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Plaque
USC Doheny Library
3550 Trousdale Pkwy.
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Library
John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Mural
Estrada Courts
3347 Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles

Park
John F. Kennedy Park
1150 Fairplex Dr.
Pomona, CA


SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

Armory
John F. Kennedy Memorial National Guard Armory
17330 Victory Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91406

High School
John F. Kennedy High School
11254 Gothic Ave.
Granada Hills, CA

Gingko tree and tile mural
Haynes Charter for Enriched Studies
6624 Lockhurst Dr,
West Hills, CA 91307


OUTLYING

Bust
Santa Fe High School
10400 South Orr and Day Road 

Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

School
John F. Kennedy Elementary School
17500 Belshire Ave.,
Artesia, CA 90701

Fountain
Thomas Keller Memorial Park
Sartori and Cabrillo Avenues
Torrance, CA

Torch
Pioneer High School
10800 Ben Avon St.
Whittier, CA 90606


NEARBY COUNTIES

School
John F. Kennedy Elementary School
19125 Schoolhouse Lane
Riverside, CA

School
John F. Kennedy Elementary School
45-100 Clinton Street
Indio, CA 92201

School
John F. Kennedy High School
1951 Third Street
Norco, CA 92860

School
John F. Kennedy High School
8281 Walker St.
La Palma, CA

School
Kennedy elementary school
1300 E. McFadden Ave.
Santa Ana, CA

Hospital
John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital
47111 Monroe St.
Indio, CA 92201

University
John F. Kennedy University
3390 Harbor Blvd., #150
Costa Mesa, CA

Street
John F. Kennedy Drive
Riverside, CA 92508

Street
John F. Kennedy Drive,
Moreno Valley, CA

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