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

Dr. Eamonn T. Gardiner, is a Consulting Historian. He has previously conducted research into links between wartime traumatic-neurosis and evidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) amongst veterans of the First World War serving as Auxiliary Policemen, during the Anglo-Irish War 1919-1921. He has written extensively on British central and colonial administrative responses to popular insurgencies. In 2009 he published 'Counterinsurgency and Conflict: Dublin Castle and the Anglo-Irish War (CSP, 2009).' Published papers include; 'The training of the Irish Volunteers, 1913-1916' (The Irish Sword, 2017); 'Scattered, Ambushed and Laid Out: War and Counterinsurgency in the greater Tuam area, 1919-1921' (JOTS, 2015). Research interests include De-Colonialisation/Post-Colonialism; Insurgency, Police/Military Histories; Institutional Histories; Modern Irish/World History; History of Conflict, Protectorates and Peace-Keeping; Hegemony; Old and New Terrorism.
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