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Letter: A day that remains shrouded in mystery
On Nov. 22,1963, in Falls City, I was seated at my desk in my fifth-grade math class. Just about noon our principal, Forest Balser, walked into the room and told us that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. The room grew strangely quiet and we sat in utter disbelief and shock. Then around 1 p.m., the event of the day turned into a more-than-tragic situation; the president had passed away due to the gunshot wounds.
My first thought was fear. Who could do this sort of thing? Why would they do this sort of thing? Was the nation now in peril with our enemies? All these thoughts came flooding into my mind. What is a nation without a president?
My dad had passed away earlier that year and the slow healing process of being without a dad made the situation even worse, for now Caroline and John did not have a father, and for some reason I could relate to this situation even at that young age. I followed the Kennedy campaign with my dad and watched the now-famous debate between JFK and Richard Nixon. I sure appreciated the early adaptation to politics for this event shaped me.
So on Friday, Nov. 22, this nation will honor the life and legacy of the 35th president of the United States of America, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. To some who may remember, a man who had a failed coup against Fidel Castro; a man who stood his ground and made Nikita Khrushchev remove nuclear missiles from Cuba; a man who sent the National Guard to the University of Mississippi so James Meredith could enroll in what was then a segregated university.
In the blink of an eye his life was taken and after 50 years the answers are still enshrouded in mystery. Conspiracy theories abound with many scenarios but the fact remains a man’s life was taken, a much-admired woman made a widow and two children fatherless. I just hope that someway somehow the person or persons responsible have paid dearly for this crime.
I could go on and give my ideas about the events of that day and have been on what is deemed the assassination tour and if it still exists today well worth taking, for it shows many things the cameras did not show that fateful day. Lots of unanswered questions and sadly I doubt they will ever surface. I am not so much interested in the who but more the why.
So on Nov. 22, I intend to stop whatever I am doing and say a prayer for JFK.
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