HEBER SPRINGS — Former President Bill Clinton marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of Greers Ferry Dam by invoking the president who opened the facility, John F. Kennedy.
An estimated 5,000 people gathered Thursday for the ceremony, which went forward despite a federal government shutdown.
Clinton was joined on stage by Gov. Mike Beebe. Both Democrats, they praised the value of public works, as did Kennedy in his speech five decades before.
Clinton called Kennedy "the symbol of the eternal future" and said the Congress of 50 years ago had huge disagreements but knew how to compromise.
Clinton said older leaders owe it to young people to "get the show on the road."
The 1963 visit by Kennedy was one of his last public appearances. He was assassinated the following month.