Irish Army Cadets rendering honours to President John Fitzgerald Kennedy at his funeral

Irish Army Cadets rendering honours to President John Fitzgerald Kennedy at his funeral

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‘For hours the young cadets waited, standing at attention by the freshly dug grave – a striking tableau in their crisp green tunics and brown breeches, rifles by their sides.

Opposite, a phalanx of press photographers from around the world jostled for position, training cameras on the 27 soldiers as reporters asked, “Who are those guys?”

The answer astounded them.’

CBS & the Associated Press bring us an insightful and heartfelt look at the men who rendered the final honours to dead US President John F Kennedy, at his funeral in Arlington.

TG4 (the Irish Language Broadcaster) has also made a documentary on the subject. It can be viewed in six parts by following this link

These soldiers weren’t American, they were in fact Irish Army Cadet, with whom John and Jackie Kennedy had been much impressed. The First Lady requested that the Irish Army undertake this sensitive role for her husband.

A good article, well worth the read.

About eamonntgardiner

I am a PhD Student at the National University of Ireland, Galway. I am conducting research into links between wartime traumatic-neurosis and evidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder amongst British First World War veterans serving as Auxiliary Policemen in Ireland during the Anglo-Irish War 1919-1921. I have previously conducted research into local Irish Volunteer/Old IRA units in Munster as well as British responses to popular insurgencies in areas they administered. I have previously published a book on the British Counterinsurgency responses to the IV/IRA conflict in Ireland, 1919-1921, entitled 'Dublin Castle and the Anglo-Irish War: Counter Insurgency and Conflict.' I have also published papers on various aspects of that war and also on other insurgencies. I write a regular blog on those and other related matters, which can be read at My research interests include Feminism and De-Colonialisation/Post-Colonialism, Insurgency, Police and Military Histories, Institutional Histories. Subaltern Studies, International History of the 20th Century, Modern Irish History, Historiography, History of Conflict, Peace Keeping/Enforcement/Protectorates, Spheres of Influence, Hegemonic Theories, Old and New Terrorism.
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