Mayor's Office

Press Release

Mayor Parker Asks Area Churches to Ring Bells
in Memory of JFK
Houston to Participate in Nationwide Tribute to Honor
President Kennedy’s Legacy 50 Years Later



November 21, 2013 -- Mayor Annise Parker will issue a proclamation designating Friday, November 22, 2013, as a solemn day of remembrance and reflection of the life and tragic death of President John F. Kennedy in the city of Houston.


As part of this ceremonial tribute taking place across the nation, Mayor Parker is asking Houston churches to ring their church bells at 12:15 p.m. CST, and then observe a moment of silence at 12:30 p.m.


The proclamation reads, in part:

WHEREAS, President John F. Kennedy’s administration was defined as the New Frontier, through the creation of the Peace Corps, launching the United States’ space program; and,

WHEREAS, President John F. Kennedy was an advocate for racial justice, and proposed legislation that became the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He inspired all Americans to, “ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country;” and,

WHEREAS, President John F. Kennedy’s life ended too soon on November 22, 1963, and the City of Houston along with the rest of the nation continue to mourn his passing.

THEREFORE, I, Annise D. Parker, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim November 22, 2013, as
John F. Kennedy Day in Houston, Texas.

A pdf version of the proclamation is available here