Death of sol­dier who was part of JFK fu­neral guard of hon­our

The Argus - - NEWS -

BRIAN McKe­vitt Comdt. Retd. of The Old School­house, Dun­dalk Street, Car­ling­ford, who died last Mon­day, Novem­ber 26th, was part of a group of Ir­ish soldiers who pro­vided a guard of hon­our at the fu­neral of John F Kennedy on Novem­ber 25 1963.

Brian was cap­tain of the cadet class, which was lit­er­ally given hours to pre­pare for the role they would play in an event that was watched by hun­dreds of mil­lions across the world.

They were re­quested to travel to the United States for the Pres­i­dent’s fu­neral by his griev­ing widow Jac­que­line.

Just months ear­lier, Pres­i­dent Kennedy be­came the first world leader to lay a wreath at Ar­bour Hill, at the grave of those who died in the 1916 up­ris­ing. The cer­e­mony fea­tured a se­ries of solemn, si­lent drills per­formed by a cadet class.

The pres­i­dent was so im­pressed by the per­for­mance that he re­quested that a record­ing of it be sent to him at the White- house. He had watched it many times and when the prepa­ra­tions for the state fu­neral were be­ing made, the First Lady made a spe­cial re­quest for the cadets to per­form it at the grave.

The cadets had only hours to get ready to fly out to the United States for the fu­neral at Arlington Na­tional Ceme­tery. It was the only time that for­eign troops ever ren­dered hon­ours at the fu­neral of an Amer­i­can pres­i­dent.

Brian is sur­vived by his Denise, sons Páraic, Domh­nall and Brian, daugh­ter Áine, daugh­ters in law Nathaile, Au­drey and Sheila, grand­chil­dren Liam, Don­nacha, Sun­niva, Conor, Ro­nan and Joe, brother Terry and his wife Kay, broth­ers-in­law Dan and Jim, sis­ters-in-law Nora and Mary, neph­ews, nieces rel­a­tives, army com­rades, and his many friends.

His fu­neral took place on Thurs­day morn­ing af­ter Mass in St. Michael’s Church, Car­ling­ford with burial in St. Michael’s Ceme­tery.

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