JFK – November 22, 1963

By John Focht

John Fitzgerald Kennedy.  Fifty years later and questions still swirl like the November wind.  For those who were alive on that fateful day, they remember exactly where they were when they received the stunning news of the assignation of the 35th President of the United States.

The death of JFK rocked the United States like nothing ever before.  His death signified the end of America’s innocence.  Whether you were alive or not, you can’t help but be drawn to his shocking death that day in Dallas.

Every ten years on this date, we are reminded.  Reminded of where we were as a nation, and reminded of what might have been with our young, charismatic president.

The unanswered questions of whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.  Was the CIA involved?  Was it the Soviets?  The mafia?  Fidel Castro? Was Lyndon B. John involved?  Conspiracy theories have echoed throughout this nation for the past fifty years, and will continue to do so.

Sealed and classified information regarding the November 22, 1963 assignation are scheduled to be released in 2017.  If history is any indication, those documents will only provide the American people with more questions than answers.

A half-century ago, our nation was rocked to its core.  We still relive that harrowing day as though it were yesterday.  The ghost of the young President will forever be in America’s consciousness.  He remains forever young in America’s heart. Time may heal all wounds, but time does not provide us the answers of who was behind that fateful day fifty years ago, and why.  And time will never take away the image of our young, vibrant president on this day from 1963.

Read the New York Times Late City Edition from November 22, 1963.