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Kennedy Assassination

November 24, 1963

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Sunday, November 24, 1963

November 24 was the day President Kennedy's body would be carried from the White House to the rotunda of the Capitol Building.

jackie kennedy The face of Jacqueline Kennedy haunted America. She had not been seen in public since the assassination. Beneath the dignified composure, the agony was evident. A nation ached for her.

On Sunday morning at 11 a.m. a private Mass for the family and close friends was held in the East Room. That day, Jackie Kennedy asked for the casket to be opened. She placed inside three notes, one from herself and each of the children, a scrimshaw and cuff links. Personal items from her to him. She took a lock of his hair.

Now the moments would be public ones. Mrs. Kennedy understood that her husband was the President of the United States and that there were now formalities to observe. Her instinctive sense of style and propriety would be like a softly gloved hand covering the proceedings.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Jackie Kennedy, Caroline and John at portico of White House
She emerged on the portico of the White House. Young Caroline and John-John in their matching pale blue coats by her side. Caroline wore a black mourning band in her hair.

While John was too young to undertand the full import of the day, Caroline seemed to sense the mood perfectly and as we watched, mimicked her mother's decorum.

Jackie Kennedy's eyes would frequently seemed transfixed on the flag draped coffin as it was borne to the Capitol.
Caroline Kennedy
Caisson carries the flag draped coffin of John F. Kennedy as he leaves the White House for the last time.
A riderless horse with boots pointing backwards is a military tradition. Ironically, this horse is named Black Jack which was the nickname of Jackie Kennedy's father, "Black Jack" Bouvier.

PBS Kennedys
The Kennedys (1992)
From PBS The American Experience
a 4 hr, 2 disc set


Kennedy conspiracy
The Men Who Killed Kennedy
From the History Channel
6 parts, 5 hrs., 2 discs


"Don't let it be forgot
That once there was a spot
That for one brief shining moment
Was known as Camelot"

From the 1960 Broadway musical
Words by Alan Jay Lerner and Music by Frederick Loewe

The coffin of John F. Kennedy in the Capitol rotunda.

Three euologies were delivered at the Rotunda. First came Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, then Chief Justice Earl Warren, followed by Speaker of the House John McCormack.

Young John became a bit restless and was taken to the Speaker's office so as not to disrupt the solemn occasion.

President Johnson laid a wreath on behalf of the American people.


Peter Lawford with daughter Sydney, James Auchincloss, Pat Kennedy Lawford, Jacqueline Kennedy with Caroline
PBS jackie Kennedy
Jackie - Behind the Myth (2000)
From PBS

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
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Utterly unexpected and unplanned, Jackie Kennedy with Caroline approached the coffin. Perhaps she just wasn't ready to leave him. Kneeling, she kissed the flag while Caroline's little hand reached under to touch.

This simple act of devotion broke our hearts.
Navy Hymn
Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea.

Click for midi music
Kennedy family
Leaving the Capitol
From Rear
President and Lady Bird Johnson
Bobby Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith, Pat Kennedy Lawford, Stephen Smith
Caroline, Jacqueline and John Kennedy Jr.

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After the proceedings, the public was allowed to come inside and pay their respects. Some 250,000 people stood in line for hours and hours to pass by the coffin.

Later that night, Jackie and Bobby Kennedy quietly returned to the rotunda. They were recognized but people were too respectful to cause any trouble. Jackie Kennedy began walking outside, perhaps just to get a bit of air. After a brief time the Secret Service and Bobby managed to escort her back to the waiting limousine.

All through the night, they passed in quiet regard. When it became necessary to close the doors at 9 a.m. the next day, there were still thousands waiting.
Sheen as John Kennedy
Kennedy (1983)
Martin Sheen as JFK in 5 hr., 2 disc set

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