November 22, 2013
On this date in 1963, fifty years ago and ironically enough also on a Friday, at 1:30 p.m. eastern standard time, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dealey Plaza along the parade route during a trip to Dallas, Texas. Oswald, a former Marine, was shot and killed on live television just two days later by Jack Ruby, a local nightclub owner while being transferred to the country jail from the Dallas police station.
It was this tragic event that America’s baby boomers lost their innocence, and set in motion the turbulent ‘60s, a decade that saw the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, civil rights and anti-war demonstrations that resulted in the deaths of students on our college campuses, and the deaths of four young black girls attending the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
This is definitely not one of my better photographs; however, what I find truly amazing of President Kennedy’s gravesite, with the symbolic Eternal Flame standing watch, located in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., is how simple it is for such a great man.
Steven H. Spring