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This is the car in which Jacquelyn Kennedy sat in the back seat fifty years ago today and tried to hold in her husband’s brains.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 20mm, F/6.3, 1/60 sec, ISO-1600.  Taken at the Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan.

The assassination of JFK was a Pearl Harbor or 9/11 moment for my parents’ generation, but had the uniquely terrible character of an attack from within.  Fifty years later the event is still painful — not just for what it was, but for what it means.

“The Nation mourns today for it’s gallant young Chief Executive.  It mourns for his lovely widow and orphaned children. 

“But it mourns also for a stricken ideal.  It mourns the thought that this society, born in the agony of tyranny, nurtured at the breast of liberty, seasoned by the struggle to create a good life for all men, can still spawn barbarism and the ultimate indignity of murder as an instrument of government.” 

From an editorial in the St. Petersburg Times, published November 23, 1963, the day after John F. Kennedy’s assassination fifty years ago today.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 20mm, f/6.3, 1/60 sec, ISO-1600.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 20mm, f/6.3, 1/60 sec, ISO-1600.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 20mm, f/6.3, 1/60 sec, ISO-1600.

Note: This is a re-post, replacing the original (to fix problem with permissions). -JM 

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5 responses

  1. A unique perspective on today in history! Great one…

    November 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    • Thanks Hugmamma! And thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

      November 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm

  2. Reblogged this on hugmamma's MIND, BODY and SOUL and commented:
    A unique reminder of today…50 years ago.

    ………hugmamma.

    November 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm

  3. I imagine the gunshot holes on the presidential car as a mark of barbarism that killed with it the lofty idealism of a brave President. I will never forget the Cuban Missile Crisis where Pres. Kennedy displayed heroic courage to show how democracy should be defended. Thanks for sharing this.

    November 22, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    • Thanks for sharing your memories!

      November 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm