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Where Were You When JFK Was Shot?

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President Kennedy being shot is one of those events in history where “everyone remembers where they were when it happened.” I was in Mrs Birch’s class at South Elementary School in Pittsfield when we got the news.

I can remember like it was yesterday. I was in the third grade. I can remember Mrs. Birch got called out to the hallway by the principal. That never happened before so I knew something was wrong. Then Mrs. Birch came in with a television (black and white). She plugged the TV in and she said, “boys and girls, our president has been shot.”

I then saw some of the kids crying and that made Mrs. Birch cry. I can’t remember if I did or not, but I remember our Principal came into the room and said our moms and dads would be coming to pick us up from school. And that is all I remember of that day.

The next thing I remember during all of this was being at my house with mom and dad watching the TV and seeing the coffin go down a very long street with a horse in front of it. I remember mom saying the president is in that coffin. And I do remember the camera swinging over to Mrs. Kennady and the kids, and then to the shot of John John saluting. I remember everybody being sad. That is all I remember of those days. I’m still sad.

November 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. If you’re old enough to remember, where were you when you heard the news?

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