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Remembering

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 22 November 2013 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

50 years ago today on November 22, 1963, I was a 14 year old 9th grader. But I remember vividly returning to class from lunch period and seeing the television turned on in the teacher's lounge, with a few teachers huddled around it. That TV was never turned on after lunch, so it was a definite clue that something was up.

There were whispers and rumors, but no one knew what was happening until during the next to last class period an announcement was made that the President had been shot. A few minutes later, the terse follow-up report came that he had died. An assassin had killed our President.

At first there was a stunned silence while everyone, students and teachers, just sort of looked around. Then came some sniffles and stricken groans from some of my classmates. Low, nervous laughter, murmurs and a few poorly-placed half-cheers from a very few immature attention-seekers was choked off as suddenly as it erupted. It dawned on even them that this tragic report was in earnest and not a matter for jest.

Class was dismissed a little early that day. I remember it was a cold, rainy November Friday in the New Orleans of my youth. The streets were wet and subdued. We were all witnesses to a piece of history that would forever change us as a generation and as a nation.

A wintry front was blowing its way into town. But to me the chill and the gloom seemed somehow appropriate for the occasion; the near-empty streets a sign.

Took this photograph some years ago during a visit to a particular JFK memorial on Cape Cod. First posted here in 2009.

NIKON D80 1/640 second F/5.0 ISO 1000 200 mm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales Boy), Germany

A date in time that will never be forgotten.

22 Nov 2013 12:00pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

A moving tribute and memorial for this day that went down in history.
My post today is different, but also marks this sad date!

22 Nov 2013 2:41pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great tribute photo … love the neutral textures!

23 Nov 2013 12:29am

Footloose Ferret from Central Florida, United States

I was 6 weeks shy of my 5th birthday when that happened. I remember my parents and I sitting around the black & white television in the living room watching the ongoing news coverage. I remember my father kept telling me, " Today we are watching history as it happens. Always remember this day." Of course, I did not comprehend the significance of what was hapening, but I have always remembered watching it happen.

23 Nov 2013 1:56am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A fine memorial.

24 Nov 2013 3:01am

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