48 years

 Posted by at 16:59  Politics
Nov 222011

Today marks the 48th anniversary of the assassination of the 35th President of the United States of America.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

I guess you could say that it was the 9/11 of my generation. For those who were alive way back then, do you remember where you were and what you were doing when you first heard the news? I do, as clearly as if it were just yesterday.

  4 Responses to “48 years”

  1. I was a mere infant when it happened. Now the Kennedy dynasty remaining is mostly a new generation.

  2. The Kennedy family, and especially JFK, were always very intriguing. I can’t help but wonder how differently Vietnam would have played out over time under John.

  3. I was just a baby at that time. But I have watched that scene dozens of times. That moment will stay in our minds forever, Americans or not.

  4. I was in Mrs. Nelson’s Eleventh Grade English class when the Principal announced the assassination over the school intercom. She cried. It was the first time I had ever seen her express any emotion at all. I henceforth held her in a higher regard. I stayed home from school for the next four days. I vividly recall the state funeral, the procession, the Arlington ceremony, the horse with the boots in the stirrups backwards. Indeed, my personal 9/11-type event. It was the first death that I had ever come to terms with, and it took me a long time to imagine a World without JFK.

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