Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I remember clearly where I was-- sitting in Room 708 at Eastwood High School. It was my typing class and it was right after lunch. An announcement was made over the intercom that the President had been shot in Dallas. Shortly afterwards, we were dismissed to go home since he had been pronounced dead at 1:00 PM Central time, 12 noon, our time. I can remember walking home, confused and overwhelmed with all kinds of emotions.
I have, over the past 50 years, heard commentators talk about America losing its innocence that day. I believe that the notion holds true for those who can remember where they were that day in 1963 — our innocence was lost.
That day signaled many more “where were you when” moments to come: when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed; when Robert Kennedy was shot; When Richard Nixon resigned; when the hostages in Iran were freed; and when those planes hit the World Trade Center.
I encourage the Trooper Nation to use this day to show remembrance and give thanks to what has made our nation, our community, and our school what it is today.