Robert F. Kennedy’s Funeral Train Passed Through Harford County in 1968

Forty-five years ago on Saturday, June 8, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy’s Funeral train made a long journey from New York City to Washington, D.C.  As it passed through Harford County thousands of people lined the tracks.

A little before 6:30 p.m. the coaches rolled across the Susquehanna River into Havre de Grace.  The people there turned out in great numbers to salute the slain Senator as the locomotive slowly continued its run.  The American Legion Honor Guard from Joseph J. Davis Post was on hand to present a final salute, and many had standing alongside the tracks since before 2:30 p.m., the time the Pennsylvania Railroad special was expected to pass.  But it was running four hours late, the Havre de Grace Record reported.

The funeral coach passed Aberdeen Station at 6:30 p.m.  The largest concentration of Harford County viewers was there, where, the Harford Democrat, estimated that 5,000 people crowded along the platform of the Station and along the tracks.

That awful year, with so much sadness in the nation is something that people who lived through that period will never forget and the Washington Post recently had a featuring about that day 45 years ago.  Click here to read the article. 

Thousands had been waiting at the Aberdeen Station since 1:30 p.m.  Source:  Harford Democratic, via the Aberdeen Room

Thousands had been waiting at the Aberdeen Station since 1:30 p.m. Source: Harford Democratic, via the Aberdeen Room

kennedy harford havre de grace record june 13 1968

Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral train passed the Havre de Grace Station. Photo Credit: Havre de Grace Record via Harford County Public Library

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