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JFK's Body Laid To Rest - 11/25/1963

Today in 1963, John F. Kennedy is buried with full military honors at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia, following his assassination in Dallas, Texas three days earlier.

John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, popularly called JFK (by his initials) the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated on Friday November 22, 1963, while riding in an open-auto presidential motorcade with his spouse Jacqueline and Texas Governor John Connally alongside his wife Nelie through the boulevards of downtown Dallas. Immediately, Kennedy was rushed to Dallas' Parkland Hospital, where the doctors confirmed him dead 30 minutes later. Kennedy was 46 at the time of his death. The alleged assassin was a former U.S. Marine and communist supporter by name Lee Harvey Oswald who had defected to the Soviet Union years back before returning to the U.S. with his Russian wife Marina and settled in Dallas.

Kennedy's VP Lyndon Johnson, who was also at the scene of the incident but was in the third car behind President Kennedy in the motorcade, was confirmed as the 36th president of the United States in less than two hours after the assassination. President Lyndon Johnson took the oath of office on board Air Force One as it sat on the runway at Dallas Love Field air terminal. Around 30 people were present at the swearing in of the new president including Kennedy's wife Jacqueline who was yet to change the bloodstained cloth she was wearing when her husband was shot. Following the swearing-in, the presidential jet took off for Washington D.C.

On November 23, the following day, President Johnson issued his first public statement where he announced November 25 to be a day of national grieving for the killed president. On November 25, hundreds of thousands of sympathizers gathered around street in Washington watching as a horse-drawn caisson carried Kennedy's body from the Capitol Rotunda to St. Matthew's Catholic Cathedral for a memorial Mass. The memorial mass was preceded by a solemn procession to Arlington National Cemetery, where heads-of-state of 99 countries assembled for the state burial service. Kennedy was buried with full military honor at Arlington National Cemetery, as his wife lit an eternal flame to mark his grave.

Within 1964-1966, an estimated number of 16 million tourists visit his grave before it was eventually moved to a permanent burial plot in the same cemetery on March 14, 1967.

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Mark Hinderberg


Retired History Professor at Vanderbilt University. Love taking a portal through time and sharing my knowledge with anyone else who loves reading about history. It is my passion and my greatest hobby.