Nov. 22, 1963: The day the president died
We’ve been collecting reader recollections from the day President John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas, an event that shocked the nation and has left a permanent scar on the country’s psyche.
Here’s Ohio resident Michael Garcia’s recollection, for example:
I remember November 22, 1963 so clearly. I was 13 and in Mrs Gray’s 8th grade English class when the school principal announced on the pa system that President Kennedy had been shot while in Dallas. The class went silent and Mrs. Gray asked us all to pray that President Kennedy would be ok.
As I prayed, I remember thinking it was probably a non fatal injury. The thought also entered my mind that the President of the United States would have access to the best doctors in Dallas. I assured myself that he would be fine.
A short time later the principal returned to the pa and stated President Kennedy had died.
And there’s still plenty of time for you or someone you know to submit their own memories of that fateful day before the 50th anniversary on Friday.
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