As it did 50 years ago today, the nation’s eyes will fall upon Dealey Square in Dallas, the fateful location of John F. Kennedy’s death.
At just after noon today, observers in Dealey Square will hold a moment of silence to honor the President’s memory. Minutes before, bells all over Dallas are planned to toll in remembrance.
This morning featured other commemorations to this solemn day in American history. At a bagpipe ceremony in Washington, D.C, Jean Kennedy Smith, the last living sibling of JFK, visited his grave at Arlington Cemetery and laid a wreath to remember her brother’s life.
On the Grassy Knoll, the infamous section of land near Dealey Square, a new JFK monument will be unveiled during a ceremony, inscribed with the final paragraph of the speech Kennedy intended to deliver later that day on November 22, 1963. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough will read famous excerpts from Kennedy’s speeches, paying tribute to the President’s legacy of addressing a nation in peril.
Parkland Hospital, where the President died after the fatal shooting, will lower their flag to half-staff. And The Texas Theatre will screen part of the movie “War Is Hell,” the film that Oswald slipped into without paying shortly before being apprehended by police.
Do you remember where you were the morning of JFK’s death? What does his life mean to you?
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