The assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, is an iconic tragedy seared into the consciousness of anyone living that day: November 22, 1963. Even those who weren't born yet, or were too young to remember the event, know the history, have seen the headlines, or have watched video footage of how an assassin's bullet shattered a man, his family, and a nation.
News spread quickly. Within hours, hurried accounts of the event were published in the papers.
"President Kennedy has been assassinated. He was killed today by a bullet in the head while riding in an open car through the streets of Dallas. His wife was in the same car, but was not hit. She cradled the President in her arms as he was carried to a hospital where he died." (The Brownsville Herald)
"Lying wounded at the same hospital was Gov. John Connally of Texas, who was cut down by the same fusillade that ended the life of the youngest man ever elected to the presidency." (Lake Charles American-Press)
"President Lyndon B. Johnson wears a somber expression moments after he was administered the oath of office in the cabin of the presidential plan at Dallas Love Field." (The Bridgeport Telegram, photo caption)
There's more, of course.
A brief account here cannot adequately commemorate Kennedy, describe the events of that day and the weeks that followed, nor describe the impact his assassination had on the country. This month, fifty years later, first-person accounts and moving tributes will fill our news feeds, make their way to television, and absorb our attention in private and public venues.
Fifty years later, we at Fold3 commemorate Kennedy's legacy beyond his tragic and untimely death. We join the world in paying tribute to the life and memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
150th Anniversary (1863–2013) This Month in the Civil War: The Gettysburg Address
Seven score and ten years ago, on November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln addressed those gathered at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, with this historic phrase: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that 'all men are created equal.'" It was the preamble to one of the most remarkable speeches in U.S. history.
Unlike many presidential speeches, it was brief and direct. In honoring men from both sides of the war, Lincoln stressed that "the brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed" the ground and that "these dead shall not have died in vain." The final phrase is nearly as memorable as the first: "… that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
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The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership's Living Legacy Project is bringing President Lincoln's vision to full fruition. This nationally significant initiative will plant one tree for each of the 620,000 soldiers who fell during the American Civil War and share the individual stories of those that fought and died. To learn more about how you can be part of this click here.