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JFK50: The Last Two Days

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My #JFK #ASSASSINATION Blog/Nov. 21. For almost a week now I have been blogging about these days leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. I am putting out my blog for the 21st a little early and for a good reason. There is a video I really want you to see. On November 21st, fifty years ago, President John Kennedy was beginning a swing through Texas that would take him through San Antonio, Houston and onto Fort Worth where would overnight and then make the short trip to my hometown, Dallas, for a luncheon. There are lots of moments with spectators and formal gatherings and all of it filmed.

I would like to encourage you to watch this film I found on the website of the JFK Library. The link is below. It's called "The Last Two Days, November 1963: 21-22" which documents the last hours, speeches, handshakes and moments of the President's life. If you're too young to remember those days this film will show you what we as a nation are remembering this week. If you are old enough to remember the feeling of emotion that poured across this country a half century ago it may all come back to you as you watch.

This is a film that is in the public domain . There are goosebumpy moments. A little over 7 minutes into this film you see the President interacting with Texas supporters as the narrator says "the President will live less than 4 hours from this moment." Chilling. A little over 9 minutes into the film the President's last words to a breakfast crowd in Fort Worth. It is his last speech. And, after the gunfire you will hear radio station newscasters breathlessly trying to follow what clearly is a case of something going wrong in the motorcade. You may feel, as I did, very much in the moment as the newscasters try to sort out what has happened. And, you will hear the grim news that "the President is dead… the President has been assassinated."

This is a video worth watching and sharing. #jfk50

"The Last Two Days" - http://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/Archives/JFKWHF-WHN17.aspx

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