Bruff Heritage Group receives a US Navy ship flag to commemorate the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination.
This past November 22nd marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Many cities and communities commemorated the event in their own way, but none quite like the Bruff Heritage Group. A Limerick town flies a US Flag in honor of JFK and his legacy.
The American flag which flew above the US Navy ship, the LE Orla, was presented to the Bruff Heritage Group on the 50th anniversary. The ship flew this very flag as it sailed into New Ross on June 22nd carrying the eternal flame from JFK’s grave in Arlington Cemetery.
The Group also honored the late president with a special mass service that was attended by over 100 people throughout the town. After that, Irish Navy Lieutenant Commander Conor Kirwan made a special presentation to the Bruff Heritage Group president Michael Cronin as he presented him with the American flag.
It is actually fairly unusually for an Irish Navy ship to fly the American flag. However, due to the event last June, it was decided the LE Orla should fly the stars and stripes. And to give the flag even more significance, that ship has since been taken out of commission.
Credit: Limerick Leader