Thursday, November 21, 2013

John F. Kennedy Assassination & Grave

President Kennedy's Assassination Site
Dallas, Texas
Friday November 22, 1963, the entire world was stunned when President John F. Kennedy was struck by two bullets from the sixth floor window of the Texas School Book Depository Building, allegedly by Lee Harvey Oswald. Mrs. Kennedy, who was riding with her husband, was not shot. Governor John B. Connally of Texas, riding in the jump seat in front of the President, was severely wounded.

Grave of John F. Kennedy
35th President of the United States
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Located near the Custis Lee Mansion overlooking Washington, D.C. is the grave site. Here burns the eternal flame, which was lighted during the burial service. Two of the Kennedy Children are also buried here.

Above are two postcards, along with copies of the descriptions on the back of the cards. The two Kennedy children mentioned were Patrick Bouvier Kennedy who died two days after his premature birth in August 1963 and "Arabella" who was stillborn in 1956. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was buried at the site alongside her husband following her death in May 1994.

The video below shows the visit by the Obamas and Clintons to the grave site on November 20, 2013 to place a wreath of white flowers.

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  1. Wow, the gravesite has changed a lot over 50 years. Also aren't this family a tragic family. So many of them died young. Great post!

  2. What an amazing post card! And I never thought before, but what an accurate shot that shooter was, to only hit JFK and not Jackie or anyone else.

  3. Those postcards are wonderful. I remember when Patrick died and thinking about how sad it was, not knowing more tragedy was ahead.

  4. So amazing to have these postcards. Excellent choice, bravo.

  5. While I understand the desire to have a memento of Kennedy's grave, I fail to see why anyone would commemorate the actual murder with such a garish detailed street view. It's not the kind of postcard to send to Grandma!

  6. That's a postcard that I find it hard to admire. I did not know that Jackie was buried there too.

    1. The colors on that postcard of the assassination site are kind of garish. It must have been a popular subject though, because there are a number of similar postcards of the assassination site.

  7. An interesting postcard. I don't think I've seen one like it before.

  8. I had forgotten the Kennedys had suffered the loss of a newborn child, Patrick Bouvier, only 3 short months before President Kennedy's assassination. Fate can sometimes be extremely cruel.
    I visited the Kennedy gravesite years ago and I like, so much, the simplicity of it. Very in keeping with his values for the country, I think.

  9. Oh yes changes over the years...still it's almost hard to imagine 50 years has gone on, lots has changed over those years..Yes the Kennedy family had multiple tragedies...

  10. That's not a "pretty" postcard but the record of history is interesting.


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