HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - "I never got to meet my grandfather, so it's like being here, I get to actually connect with him. It makes me really proud of him," said Kate Finefield. It was a very emotional day for Finefield. Fifty years ago, her grandfather stood where she is standing today to dedicate the Greers Ferry Dam.
The 50th anniversary brought notable people who wanted to honor John F. Kennedy and his dedication to the state of Arkansas.
"We honor this dam, and we honor this construction," said Governor Mike Beebe. "We honor this progress, and we salute that president, that fallen president, who just a few weeks after he stood behind this very podium lost his life in Dallas."
Kennedy brought many benefits to Heber Springs--benefits that went beyond the city limits.
"The benefits which as you have proved, have continued down to the present day in drinking water, in electricity, in tourism revenue and people coming here," added former President Bill Clinton.
As so many people mentioned at the 50 year anniversary, Kennedy's work will forever be remembered for many generations to come.
"Whenever I drive over one of these bridges, I will remember a president," Clinton concluded.