November 22, 1963

I have heard it said that as you get older you can remember things that happened many years ago quite clearly, yet can’t recall what you had for lunch that day. While there may be some truth to that, I believe there are some events in our life that are so powerful that they instantly evoke memories and images of that event that occurred many years ago. That’s the case for me as I can clearly recall memories of the day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated 56 years ago this day. Truth be told, I can recall the days after the assassination more than the day of the shooting itself. I do remember that on the day of the shooting we were let out of school early, and that it was an overcast day, and there seemed to be unusual reactions among the people, but at the age of 10 had no idea of the significance of what had happened, and how that event would forever change the nation.

However, I do remember the days afterwards, the sadness of the nation, and I recall watching the funeral in the following days on our Black and White television with the casket of John F. Kennedy being carried on a horse drawn caisson down Pennsylvania Avenue to the State Capitol. Like the events of 9/11, any of us that were around at that time can instantly recall where we were, and many other particulars that would otherwise be lost to the years. The nation was indeed changed forever on that November day and many believe it set in motion many things that have carried us forward to where we are today. Some things are indeed etched in our memories for out entire life.