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Brooks City-Base set to honor JFK




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As the country pauses this month to remember President John F. Kennedy, San Antonio holds the special memory of JFK’s final visit to dedicate several buildings at the Brooks Air Force Base School of Aerospace Medicine.

Brooks City-Base will celebrate the memory of JFK’s visit with an event Thursday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. at the same location President Kennedy spoke 50 years ago. The event will be held at 2510 Kennedy Circle in San Antonio and will feature remarks by San Antonio dignitaries. The program will conclude with a special commemorative video of the “Cop over the Wall” speech and a montage of historic photos. The event is free and open to the public.

Following the event, tours will be provided of the compression chambers operated by Wyle, which the president toured after his speech. The chambers are still in use today, most notably by Felix Baumgartner as he prepared for his record-breaking skydive.

Brooks City-Base is also collaborating with the San Antonio Public Library to display dozens of historic photos of President Kennedy’s visit at the Mission Road Branch Library, located at 3134 Roosevelt Ave. The exhibit will run from Saturday, Nov. 23, until Friday, Jan. 3.
 

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