John Fitzgerald Kennedy who was the 35th President of the United States was assassinated at 12.30pm on Friday, November 22nd, 1963, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas, and it was cruel and shocking to see such an act of violence toward a man, a family, a nation and against all mankind. He was young, vigorous and well liked leader who used his powers for all the good reason for his nation, who’s years of public and private life stretched before him was the victim of the fourth Presidential assassination in the history of a country dedicated to the concepts of reasoned argument and peaceful political change .It was hoped that Dallas planned trip motorcade would evoke a demonstration of the President’s personal popularity in a city where he had lost in the 1960 election. Procession from Love Field airport to the site of a luncheon planned by Dallas Business and Civic leaders in honour of the President should’ve taken forty-five minutes, but he never made it to Trade Mart Luncheon site that they had chosen as he was shot and murdered five minutes away from his destination.
Narrative of Events
Advance preparations for President Kennedy’s visit to Dallas were preliminary responsibilities of two secret service agent: Winston G. Lawson who was a member of the White house and a special agent Forrest V. Sorrels, who was in charge of the Dallas office. They were both informed of the trip on November the 4th, their responsibilities were to organize the timetable, coordinating local activities with the White House staff, though the most significant responsibilities were: to take precautionary action against anyone in Dallas considered a threat to the president, also to select the luncheon site, motorcade route and to plan security measures. At 11.40am on Friday, November 22nd 1963, President John Kennedy, Mrs Kennedy, and their party arrived at Love Field, Dallas, Texas. Behind them was the first day of a Texas trip that was planned five months before by the president, vice president Lyndon B. Johnson and John B Conally, Jr Governor of Texas. The motorcade left Love Field just after 11.50am, and drove at a speed of 25 to 30 miles per hour on the outskirt of Dallas. The automobile stopped twice, first to shake hands with people and second to talk to a catholic nun and a group of young children. In a city centre large crowd of spectators gave the president a tremendous reception. The crowd was so compressed that Special Agent Clinton J. Hill had to leave the left front running board of the President’s follow-up car four times to ride on the rear of the Presidents limousine. Several times Special Agent John D. Ready and Glen A. Bennett left their places inside the follow-up car to help keep the crowd away from the president’s car. In several locations when the Vice Presidents car was slowed down by the multitude, Special Agent Youngblood stepped out to hold the crowd back. As scheduled the President's motorcade continued west through downtown Dallas on Main Street to the connection of Houston Street, which is the beginning of Dealey Plaza. On the beginning of Main Street the convoy turned right and went north on Houston Street, going passed tall buildings on the right, and headed toward the Texas School Book Depository Building. The viewers were still thickly gathered in front of the buildings which lined the east side of Houston Street, but the crowd thinned abruptly along Elm Street, which curves in a south westerly direction as it continues downgrade toward the Triple Underpass and the Stemmons Freeway. As the motorcade moved towards the intersection of Houston and Elm Streets, there was general satisfaction in the Presidential party about the enthusiastic reception. Evaluating the political overtones, Kenneth O'Donnell was especially contented because it convinced him that the normal Dallas resident was like other American citizens in respecting and admiring the President. Mrs. Connally thrilled by the reception,...
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