Archive for Sunday, June 25, 2000

Nation Briefs

June 25, 2000


St. Joesph, Mo.

Pony Express rides again

The Pony Express marked its 140th anniversary with a 10-day commemorative ride from Sacramento, Calif., to St. Joseph, Mo.

Richard King, 15, of Stewartsville, Mo., picked up the mail pouch in Elwood, Kan., and carried it the final leg of the 1,966-mile journey.

King was accompanied by his father, John, and five other people Friday afternoon, as he brought the bag to St. Joseph.

"This is a way to keep history in front of people," John King said.

The bag was filled with 1,300 commemorative letters and weighed about 75 pounds. On it were the signatures of the 550 riders of the National Pony Express Assn. who carried it across the trail.

For almost two decades, members of the National Pony Express Assn. have been re-creating run that was in service from April 1860 to November 1861.


Kennedy Memorial rededicated Saturday

The John F. Kennedy Memorial was rededicated Saturday.

Since the memorial's dedication in 1970, its concrete walls had become stained and chipped. The monument was further tarnished by a recent graffiti attack.

The three-month restoration attempted to bring the monument closer to its original state and included the installation of interpretive panels to help answer questions posed by visitors over the years.

The panels detail the concept behind the memorial's boxlike structure an "open tomb" tribute to someone whose remains lie elsewhere. Kennedy is buried in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.

The monument is two blocks east of where the president was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963.

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