America Pays Tribute to President John F. Kennedy

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Fifty years ago, on Friday, November 22, 1963, the country stood in shock as word spread of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Thousands had lined the streets in Dallas to watch the president and first lady's motorcade pass them by.

Then the unthinkable happened. Three shots rang out, two of which struck the president.

Why does the Kennedy assasination have such a hold on us, even 50 years later? CBN News Senior Political Editor John Waage, answers this and more on CBN Newswatch, Nov 22.

On Friday, the nation paid tribute to Kennedy, marking the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Those who remember that day in Dallas - Nov. 22, 1963 - say it changed America forever.

Texas Gov. John Connally, who was in the presidential motorcade with the president and his wife, was also shot. Dr. Ronald Jones treated President Kennedy.

"There was no sign of life in my opinion," Jones recalled. "He had a fixed stare. His eyes were open."

As word spread of Kennedy's murder, shock and sadness paralyzed the nation. President Lyndon B. Johnson was quickly sworn in and the nation publicly grieved the loss of their leader.

A half century later, the country gathered again to remember President Kennedy with a solemn ceremony in Dealey Plaza where those fatal bullets were fired.

It was the first memorial marking the tragedy. It included prayers, speeches, and a military jet flyover.

At Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, visitors also came throughout the day to observe the eternal flame burning above Kennedy's grave.

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