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Spelling error etched in JFK memorial sign

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It is a fitting tribute to John F. Kennedy's visit to Tampa -- the text of one of the last speeches he gave, posted on a sign in downtown Tampa.

The letters spell out remarks urging understanding and respect among Americas, with the following conclusion:

"…then surley the business of mankind will prosper…" he read.


"Surley the business. ‘Surely' is spelled wrong," said one person reading the sign.

Somehow the "L" and the "E" got reversed.

Officials say they knew it was there, but it was simply too late to take care of it before the anniversary of JFK's visit to Tampa.

"It was an OMG moment, but we are going to get it taken care of," said Shirley Foxx-Knowles, Tampa City Clerk and the Chairperson of the Hillsborough Historical Society.

Foxx-Knowles said her office "surely" noticed the mistake right away, but had no time to correct it before last week's unveiling.

"We received the sign maybe two weeks before the dedication," she said.

The error in the etching will take about six weeks to fix.

"Now it is going to bother me, now that I know it is," said Samantha Stone.

Those passing by won't pass too much judgment.

"I'm awake, I just had tea, so I'm caffeinated sufficiently. Unfortunate that it wasn't proofread by an awake person," said Tom Avchean.

Until the new sign is up in its place…

"We'll surely look at it with a ‘surly' attitude," Marshall said.

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