New York and Washington Stage Receptions for NASA astronaut Major Gordon Cooper.
Washington DC USA Date:1963, May 23 Duration:5 min 43 sec Sound:Yes
President John Kennedy presents Space Agency's Distinguished Service Medal to Major Gordon Cooper at White House. View of crowd clapping. Major Cooper parades to Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol with many cars following. Crowd cheering on sideways. Major Cooper addresses a Joint Session of Congress and receives a two-minute standing ovation. Major Cooper in New York for his reception. Lower Broadway is re-named Mercury Way for his reception. Huge crowd around 4,500,000 people line up the streets to see Major Cooper passing and throwing tickertapes and paper on his arrival. After a reception at City Hall, Major Cooper receives the City's Medal of Honor.
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