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Posted By - Kurt Graver
Sep 4, 2013 at 7:13pm | Filed Under “Parkland

“Where Were YOU When Kennedy Was Shot?”

It's the question that almost any person (of a certain age) can answer. Where were you when you learned that the President had been shot?

Many were in school, hearing the news over the PA system from a shaken principal. Others learned of the tragedy over the radio from a breathless newsman. But wherever you were, you remember it. Vividly. And it seems unbelievable that it happened almost 50 years ago.

Share your story below and discuss with others - your circumstances may be more similar than you'd think.

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  • Annieirene
    10/13/2014 at 2:40am

    Annieirene

    I was at Cuttington College in Liberia, West Africa, where my father was a visiting professor for a year. I was 8 years old. My brothers and I and some other kids were coming back on a van from children's activities at a nearby Lutheran run mission and saw a group of the Liberian college students gathered by the gates to the college around a battery-powered radio. It was night and very dark except for flashlights or something they held. We stopped to ask them what was going on, and they told us President Kennedy had been shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. They were shocked and upset. We drove on to our house where my parents had also heard the news. We had all campaigned for JFK (to the extent kids can, we had helped), so it was particularly sad for us, but other people in that community were distraught as well. People from Haiti, Germany, Canada, Liberia, England, as well as Americans, both black and white.

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  • GeorgeHWBush
    10/05/2013 at 4:01pm

    GeorgeHWBush

    I spent the night of Nov. 21, 1963 at the Dallas Sheraton Hotel. At the time of the assassination, I stood in front of the Texas School Book Depository engaged in my duties of support for our covert mission. Immediately following, I flew to Tyler, where I phoned the Houston FBI office to tell them I was in Tyler and asked that they include that in the record. When I am asked my whereabouts on 11/22/63, I always respond with "I don't remember."

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  • filmacademiafan
    10/04/2013 at 9:36am

    filmacademiafan

    I was sitting in Latin class in 9th grade when someone brought a note to Mr. McCabe. He lowered his head onto his desk and covered his face...totally out of character. He said in a broken voice,"Get out of here!". We looked at one another in a confused state, then the bell rang to dismiss school, but it was 30 minutes earlier than it should have been. We walked down the stairs and out the building and some kids were crying saying President Kennedy had been shot but no one knew his condition. I had to walk 1/3 mile to catch a direct city bus, and when I got on the bus the other adult passengers were crying and talking about how the President had been attacked by an assassin, and everyone thought he was dead. After I reached my stop, I was an emotional wreck. When I walked into the house, I started to cry, but my mother had a list of errands for me to run because that Sunday was the family birthday party for me. I would turn 14.That Sunday, my relatives came to our house,but no one said"Happy Birthday". They cut up the cake and sat in front of the TV watching the news. No one would discuss the implications of what happened. When I tried to talk about the events, I was told to be quiet or go sit upstairs in my bedroom.That is what I remember.

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  • jfkpt109
    10/03/2013 at 10:12pm

    jfkpt109

    I was 19 and making my bed from the night before. The TV was on in the other room but I could hear when the program was interrupted with the announcement President Kennedy had been shot. I thought he represented my generation even though he was from the previous one. We were the GREATEST NATION on earth and he was the right leader at the right time. We Were Going to the Moon, Enter Into a Time of Peace and Prosperity, Settle Our Differences Here At Home, Join The Peace Core and All Because of Him! The future was full of wonderful things and in one evil act it all shattered!

    I knew he wasen't a family member but the feeling of loss was overwhelming. Truth is the country has never recovered. Those bullets not only destroyed President Kennedy. They murdered a great nation also.

    It was five days before that darn bed got made. I was rivited to that black and white tiny screen without much sleep or food.

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  • hof2007
    10/02/2013 at 7:14pm

    hof2007

    I was living in Long Beach, Calif. went to James A. Garfield Elementary School. We were told to go to the assembly hall. We form a line and started on our way. We saw and heard teachers crying. I'd never foget that day or The Four Days to follow. For those who remember those four days 50 years ago next month it seems that it was only yesterday.

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