HEBER SPRINGS — Former President Bill Clinton will deliver remarks Thursday at a ceremony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of former President John F. Kennedy’s dedication of the Greers Ferry Dam.
Clinton will speak at the JFK Overlook, near Heber Springs, from the same podium used by Kennedy 50 years ago. Gov. Mike Beebe and Little Rock District Commander Col. Courtney W. Paul are also scheduled to speak.
Kennedy dedicated the dam Oct. 3, 1963, in what proved to be one of his last public appearances before his assassination Nov. 22, 1963.
The event is free and open to the public. Gates open at 9:30 a.m., and the ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Water will be provided.
The ceremony will also include educational displays about the construction and purpose of the dam.
The dam was constructed between 1959 and 1962 for the primary function of flood control.
However, it also serves as a hydroelectric power plant.
The dam, which cost $46.5 million, is 1,704 feet long and stands 243 feet above the Little Red River, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.
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