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Sep 2013

Hi Neighbor Heritage: Kennedy Wedding

Yesterday marked the 60th wedding anniversary of JFK and Jackie Bouvier. Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy of Massachusetts married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, a photographer for the Washington Times-Herald, at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island. More than 750 guests attended the ceremony presided over by Boston Archbishop Richard Cushing and featuring Boston tenor Luigi Vena, who sang “Ave Maria.” A crowd of 3,000 onlookers waited outside the church for a glimpse of the newlyweds, who were taken by motorcycle escort to their wedding reception at Hammersmith Farm, an estate overlooking Naragansett Bay. Over 1,200 attended the celebration. Kennedy was elected the 35th president of the United States seven years later. It just so happens that one of the ‘Gansett throwback cans this year were the 1953 design. Wonder if these were at the celebration?