Dallas Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination
Matt | On 22, Nov 2013
Today is a solemn day in U.S. history. Friday, November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The city of Dallas, Texas, where the president was slain, has a huge event planned for Friday to commemorate the life of the fallen president. Events will take place in downtown Dallas around the Dealey Plaza area where the shooting occurred. Security is extremely tight and 5,000 winners from a lottery will be able to attend.
Dallas has long bore the weight of being known the city that took the president’s life. In my opinion, it is somewhat of an unfair designation because “the city” didn’t kill him. It was the act of Lee Harvey Oswald and/or whomever else actually pulled the trigger that ended Kennedy’s life. Unfortunately, it happened there. So 50 years later, the city does not want the world to only focus on the gory details of the murder, but rather the impact of his time as president.
Several major TV outlets will be covering the remembrance in some form today. For a complete list of programming across networks, click here. There will be a live stream of the events at Dealey Plaza beginning at 11:00 a.m. Central time.
If you’re interested in online coverage of the commemoration of the assassination, visit the Dallas Morning News’s JFK 50 series they have been compiling all year. Also, if you’re on Twitter, you can follow JFK Elm Street for a minute-by-minute account of what happened on that fateful day 50 years ago.
You can click here to watch the live remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery where President Kennedy is buried.