50 Years Ago Today, D.C. Was A Somber Place

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The website of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has a lot of resources for those interested in learning more about the nation’s 35th Commander in Chief.

Perhaps one of the most poignant is a video, converted from film, that illustrates the aftermath of his violent death.

The recordings of Kennedy’s funeral services feel intimate at times and communal at others.

They show a widow and children in mourning, but also the frozen faces of hundreds of citizens, in shock as their president’s American flag-draped casket rolls through the streets of the capital city.

Friday marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s Nov. 22, 1963 assassination. The President was shot in Dallas on a Friday. The services shown in the film were held in D.C. and Arlington National Cemetery on Sunday, Nov. 24 and Monday, Nov. 25, 1963.

On Sunday, Kennedy’s remains were taken to the U.S. Capitol to lie in state. His state funeral was held on Monday.


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