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50th Anniversary: November 22, 1963

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President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on that date in 1963. His killer was subsequently shot to death by a strip club owner, Jack Ruby. Ruby eventually died of cancer.


I have been reliving that day quite a bit in the last week. My perspective is now as an adult. I was young when the assassination took place. But, like has been said historically, I knew exactly where I was at when I heard the news. I also know exactly where I was at and where I was standing and how I was standing on 9/11.


It's been 50 years since JFK was killed.


I have grieved all over again. I have visited his gravesite and been moved. Did you know that his brother, Bobby, is buried a plot of almost next to JFK and Jackie? His grave is marked with a small, simple white wooden cross...the only wooden cross in Arlington.


And, I am also thinking about that whole incident in context: What if Kennedy was assassinated in the city where I worked as a police officer? If you consider the awful outcome, think about how long in history my agency would have been the scene of such a terrible event.


Pick a spot in your jurisdiction. If you have a building that has a couple of floors and a street that passes by it. Think about the   scenario:President Kennedy and Jackie driving by in that open limo and tragedy taking place....in your very town, city, county or parish.


It is a little numbing to think about it in that way. 


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While there is no comparison to JFK, we had Governor George Wallace shot in my area of patrol back in 1972. It is just mind numbing to think there are so many people out there that have the kind of mentality to take someones life. I was in school when President Kennedy was shot, it was a horrible day for the United States of American.


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I was working as a manager of an Interior decorating business the day he was shot.The day before Bobby was shot he came through my town and I was working traffic control for his motorcade.Believe it if you will,but it was raining and the lead car slowed,as the deputy chief gave me his rain coat through the car window.I saluted him and Kennedy.One does wonder how the world would be today had either or both lived.Would any other President have stared down the big bad Soviet Union,during the Cuban missle crisis,till the Soviets blinked?We must also remember he was a Navy vet.

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One of the most shameful moments in all of history.

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I was in grade school when he was killed. A few years ago I met his daughter Caroline.

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Amazing how the Conspiracy Theories have survived for 50 years. According to one special I watched ("JFK: The Smoking Gun"), a new theory I had not heard was JFK was accidently shot by a Secret Service Agent from the car behind the Presidential Limousine.


Nonetheless, a Tragedy in every sense of the word!!



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I recall that sad day - I was in school and then announced the shooting over the PA system. I threw a fit, I didn't belive it - No one would shoot the President - not JFK.  They took me to the ofice and showed me the tv with the special report.


I just didn't want to believe someone would shoot the President -- that was 1963.  Today how society has changed.  Anyone is subject to being shot..


I know he is looking down from Heaven and scratching his head - dumbfounded as to what American Society has become.

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I don't have a jurisdiction. I assume the recollections of non-LEOs are also welcome. 


I remember vividly the day the day our serving President was assassinated.  John F. Kennedy, known as Jack Kennedy. Our hero.


I was a little girl in Connecticut.  An announcement came through the school loudspeaker to go to the library.  We were led there by our teachers.  Class by class, we filed in.  With a trembling voice, the librarian told us what had happened. She was an elderly woman and she was starting to cry.  Then we all cried and so did our teachers.  The children were all sobbing. We were allowed to go home early that day and we cried all the way home.  Then, at home my brothers and I cried iin our mother's arms as she also cried.


The nation was in a flood of tears.


 


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Mrs. Kennedy and her children visit the temporary grave of President Kennedy on May 29, 1964 (the President's birthday). The evergreen boughs cover the base of the temporary Eternal Flame at the head of the grave vault.


Note the military hats on the evergreen boughs.


 

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Rest in Peace, President Kennedy!!!



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I remember it vividly.  I was 11 years old, sitting in my Grandmothers living room in Ocean Springs, Mississippi waiting to go to my Grandfathers funeral.  I was glued to the television watching every moment of the broadcast.  I remember Walter Cronkite getting choked up and taking his glasses off on live TV when he told the world that the President was dead.  The world was truly moved by this event, and still is today. While watching the funeral on television, I can still remember the drums cadence.


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I remember it vividly.  I was 11 years old, sitting in my Grandmothers living room in Ocean Springs, Mississippi waiting to go to my Grandfathers funeral.  I was glued to the television watching every moment of the broadcast.  I remember Walter Cronkite getting choked up and taking his glasses off on live TV when he told the world that the President was dead.  The world was truly moved by this event, and still is today. While watching the funeral on television, I can still remember the drums cadence.


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Thanks so much for the responses. This discussion will not close but will remain open until sometime in the future.


Perhaps revisiting and remembering this event as adults and 'grownups' will help broaden our collective understanding of history, a personal appreciation of clarity into this event and a sense of abiding empathy.


If someone is younger than 50 years old, you were not here to experience this national tragedy. If you are younger than 13-years old, you were not here for the 9/11 national tragedy. If you are younger than 145 years old, you were not here during the Civil War where approximately 750,000 people were killed right here in America. Yes, I get it. But the more you 'study' and understand what has happened in our country, it gives you pause.


For your personal historical edification, four American presidents have been killed while in office. And even though cells, computers and other digital instruments were not even invented for public consumption, everyone instantly knew about the events of JFK's assassination. Instantly. With only 3 national TV networks (channels) and TV's with rabbit-ear antennae and dial phones, that is incredible.


Learn on, folks. 


Where is America going? Who is leading us? And what do you suspect the outcome will be? Kennedy's dream never was fulfilled. But you get a hint in this quote from his speech that he never delivered....because he didn't make it to the podium: 


"This link between leadership and learning is not only essential at the community level. It is even more indispensable in world affairs. Ignorance and misinformation can handicap the progress of a city or a company, but they can, if allowed to prevail in foreign policy, handicap this country’s security. In a world of complex and continuing problems, in a world full of frustrations and irritations, America’s leadership must be guided by the lights of learning and reason — or else those who confuse rhetoric with reality and the plausible with the possible will gain the popular ascendancy with their seemingly swift and simple solutions to every world problem."


President John F. Kennedy


Undelivered Speech, 11-22-63


 


 


 


 


 



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I was not born yet when JFK was assassinated. I took my cub scout pack on a field trip to Dallas a few years ago where we visited his memorial, looked at the location where it happened and I pictured the parade passing by and seeing it happen. It was a very moving moment, especially for the adults. I have posted some pics on here from the memorial.  

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I was nine years old and in my fourth grade music class. I think the whole class was in tears that day and they ended up sending us home early. I remember it as though it were yesterday. This day was also my mothers birthday and what a horable day it was for her and all of us. This man was truely a good person and done alot of good for this country. You know the saying only the good dye young.  Rest in peace President Kennedy.

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I was a 20 months old at the time and do not remember it but have read everything I could get my hands on due to my respect for the man and his wife and children. who knows what would have transpired through out his presidency or Bobbie's. RIP President Kennedy 


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I was on active duty with the USAF as an Air Policeman stationed at Blytheville AFB, Arkansas. Cops usually "go the other way" when they know it's a drill. In this case, we KNEW it was real. The line of cars waiting to be cleared through the main gate was at least a half a mile long. While we were waiting to draw weapons from the armorer, there were no jokes and very little general conversations. It was a scary time, but we were confident we were ready. No brag-just fact!


 


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