Local residents reflect on the day JFK was assassinated.
Mrs. Paula Brown
I was in the 9th grade, living in Dallas. We were allowed to miss part of school that day in order to attend the parade. Although we were Republicans, it was still an exciting day to see the President. We were on the way back to school when we heard the President had been shot. The initial discussion was that the news was probably blowing the incident out of proportion. It was not until we returned to school that we all found out the terrible news. The audio system was on throughout the school for all to hear the news updates. It was hard to believe that this could have happened in MY hometown. And I felt embarrassed that I was a Dallas resident for many years following. A sad, sad day indeed.
I was 22 yrs. old when JFK was shot. I worked at the ACL building in Jax.
When President Kennedy came to Jax. I lived in Oceanway with my parents. I was a high school student at the time and attended Andrew Jackson HS. President Kennedy was flying into the first Jacksonville airport on North Main Street. My Mom, dad and I drove down to the airport and parked on the side of the road right in front of the airport entrance on Main St. We were the only people there. President Kennedy was sitting on the back of a convertible and heading towards downtown. His car turned onto Main Street and headed towards downtown. My Mom & Dad and I were the only people standing on the side of the road. The president drove right past us and HE looked right at us with a big smile and said "Goodevening." He was waving and looking right at US! I was sooooo excited! It was an experience I will never forget. Before and after we took trips north to see family and always went to D.C. to see the sights. This was a very memorable event from my youth.
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