An American Tragedy

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An American Tragedy




An American Tragedy

Where were you November 22, 1963? Any and every American old enough to mourn, to feel
sorrow, remembers where they were and what they were doing when they received the news
that President John F. Kennedy had been murdered. The event had an effect on the entire
nation. Men and women, Democrats and Republicans, adults and children mourned the loss of
their fallen leader.

President Johnson, the Warren Commission, and every fascinated watcher-on in the world
would closely scrutinize that day and the following events. The facts of the day are
still hotly contested. Politicians have made their careers on the case. Conspiracy
theorists have had a field day writing books, accusing anyone and everyone of planing the
assassination.

President and Mrs. Kennedy arrived in Dallas on Friday, November 22, 1963. The Texas trip
was planned in hopes of reviving the Presidentís popularity in Texas after it was hurt
during the election of nineteen sixty. Until midmorning, cloudy skies had threatened to
cancel the motorcade-style parade that was planned for the day. The motorcade would
travel from Love Field, where the Presidentís plane had landed, through Dallas on a
previously publicized route to the Trade Mart where a luncheon in honor of the President
had been planned. The motorcade consisted of the presidentís car, followed by a car
designate the ďPresidential follow-upĒ which carried secret service members. Behind that
was another open roofed car carrying Vice-president Lyndon Johnson and Texas Governor
Connally and their wives. Following the vice-presidentís car was another follow-up car and
several cars and buses with dignitaries and press representatives.

The motorcade followed its designated route, first passing through a residential area of
Dallas, and then making its way through the middle of the downtown area. The parade
traveled west on Main Street and then made a right on Houston. The motorcade went one
block and then made a left-turn on Elm. On the corner of Elm and Houston was the large,
ominous Texas School Book Depository, where the fatal shots were later accused of being
fired from. When the Presidentís car turned west on Elm and crossed the Depository, three
shots were fired at the motorcade. The President was struck by a bullet that entered at
the base of his neck, just right of his spine and exited under the lower left portion of
the knot in the Presidentís tie. A second bullet struck Kennedy in the rear base of his
head, causing the fatal wound. Texas Governor Connally, riding two cars behind the
President, was also hit. The bullet hit the Governor on the extreme right side of his
back, just below the armpit. The bullet exited below his left nipple and hit him again on
the left wrist. Secret Service Agent Roy Kellerman saw that the President had been hit
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