Do You Remember… JFK Assassination

Nov 21, 2013

It was 50 years ago this Friday that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.




What do you remember about that tragic day?  A lot of MLCers I talked to said they remember school getting out early as this national crisis unfolded.


Me, I must’ve been in Kindergarten.  I don’t remember anything at all about that day.  But I could imagine how traumatic it must’ve been.  For an event of this magnitude – at such a wholesome time – it would be hard to fathom.  And JFK was so well liked.  There was so much hope for America when JFK was the President.  It almost seems as though America started going downhill after the loss of JFK.


There are many conspiracy theories bouncing around out there.  For example, some say that we were headed for nuclear war if JFK had continued as President.  But we don’t know that.  And we never will.


I still believe that he was one of – if not thee – greatest Presidents of the US.


What are your memories of that day when we lost one of our greatest Presidents?



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34 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Mark'75
    November 21st, 2013 at 6:09 am #


  2. Mark'75
    November 21st, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    I remember a teacher coming into our classroom and informing our teacher about the assassination, and later watching the funeral procession in Washington D.C. on our black and white TV. Dad explained the significance of what happened and I remember JFK Jr. saluting the carriage as it passed.

  3. M
    November 21st, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    Guud morning MLCers!
    I was in the 5th grade and remember someone coming to the classroom to tell us about the assassination. I don’t remember going home early.
    Remember watching the funeral procession on TV.

  4. Masako
    November 21st, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    Good morning! I wasn’t born yet but my grandma always talked about it. She and my mom remember exactly what they were doing when they heard the news.

  5. 4G
    November 21st, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    I was only in the second grade the day Kennedy was assassinated. That’s a little young, but I remember some of that day/time. I just checked and November 22, 1963 was also a Friday, as is November 22, 2013.

    Prior to the assassination (I’m not sure exactly when this was), I remember lining a motorcade route along Nimitz Highway, near Sand Island Access Road to get a glimpse of President Kennedy as his motorcade zipped by. About all I can say is that I likely saw the car . . . . :( I did not actually see him, though my parents did as I remember them trying to tell me where to look . . . .

    I remember being in school on the day of his assassination. IIRC, we were originally told that he had been shot. I believe it was sometime in the morning – I suspect that it was somewhere between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. I remember getting out of school early that Friday. I suspect that we also didn’t have school the following Monday, but I cannot say that with certainty. I don’t recall exactly when we were told that he had actually died.

    As I look back on my recollection today, I feel a little badly for two things.

    I can recall walking, as a class after hearing the news, out of the classroom and down a corridor and a bunch of us in a playful, almost mocking manner “pretend” crying/grieving.

    Does anyone recall how the TV coverage in Hawaii was done? Back then, “mainland” TV was typically broadcast on something like a week’s delay. I could swear, though it is likely not true, that upon coming home from school that Friday, I thought it really sucked that we were let out of school, but ALL the stations (yeah, all 4-5 of them! LOL) only had (mainland) news coverage of the assassination! That’s the second thing I feel badly about.

    Does anyone know how much of a delay (if any) Hawaii experienced with (mainland) TV coverage of the Kennedy assassination? The “first” widely recognized TV broadcast via satellite occurred on July 23, 1962, but satellite broadcasting apparently happened a couple of years prior to that . . . .

    There were a ton of documentaries on this topic this past weekend. I’ve always had a keen interest in the assassination and related events, but I didn’t realize that for FOUR(!)-days beginning 11/22, ALL national TV programming was pre-empted by coverage of the assassination. The amount of activity that happened on that first day was pretty amazing to me, too. I never was that conscious that the funeral and caisson parade happened within that four-day window. I remember seeing Lee Harvey Oswald being gunned-down in that timeframe, too.

    It never really struck me before, but this past weekend, I found myself awed by the composure and decisions made by Jacqueline Kennedy. Man, she must have been one tough lady, huh?

    To this day, at least for me, there seem to be more questions than answers about the assassination. The short Kennedy presidency must be one of the most eventful ones in U.S. history. E.g., I didn’t realize that the Berlin Wall was actually constructed during this time.

  6. sally
    November 21st, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    I was in 2nd grade. Memory fails me on every detail except one. My usually very stern teacher came into the classroom, went to her desk, sat down, and cried.

    We all looked at each other until she composed herself, then she stood up and made the announcement to us. We all looked at each other again. I felt a weird sadness I couldn’t understand. I thought “It’s not like this is my family member or anything, why are we so sad?”

    Sadly, that is all I remember.

  7. Kage
    November 21st, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    It was before my time. I remember talking to my parents about this when we visited the site in Dallas in 1976. It was also in November and is probably the first recollection of understanding that American History is not always hundreds of years ago. This was before they converted the book depository into a museum. Years later I visited the museum.

  8. dihudfan
    November 21st, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    this is one of the few things that I do remembah… wuz in my junior year at FHS… wuz in mechanical drawing class… one of the few class rooms that allowed the radio to be played while in class… most of us were really shocked to hear that bad news… we also got let out of school early that day… wuz a sad day!!!

    @4G… yeh this a really touchy subject… so many theories… what do you believe???

  9. mitchkeys
    November 21st, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    I was in the the 1st grade attending a small private school called Oahu School on the beach in Aina Hina. I have a vivid recollection of many female teachers openly weeping and being upset when I got home early and there were no cartoons at all. Only the face of JFK on every station.

  10. jaydee
    November 21st, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    I was in 4th grade and was in Catechism class at the time. One of the nun’s came in and told us all to say a prayer for the President because he had been shot. Her and the other nun prayed and cried. So sad. That week it was the only thing broadcast on tv. A day that most of us who was alive back then will never forget…

  11. keoni
    November 21st, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    I remember that I was in Mr. Lichtenberger’s Economics class and another teacher came in and told us Kennedy had been shot. That ended classes for that day and I think the following Monday also. I remember watching the funeral procession.

  12. dihudfan
    November 21st, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    @keoni… I remembah that funeral processon too… long drag out, drums beating at a slow pace… sad… we lost a good man…

  13. kailua girl
    November 21st, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Mrs. Kono, our 5th grade teacher at Keolu Elementary came into the classroom crying after recess. She told us that President Kennedy had been shot. Interesting how certain events that happened, you know exactly where you were when you heard it. :(

  14. Rodney
    November 21st, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    @4G – I remember when President Kennedy came to Hawaii too. I remember my mom taking us to town. We stood in front of Iolani palace and like you – I just remember a whole bunch of people lining the streets and cheering when the motorcade came by. I saw the cars but didn’t know what I was looking at.

    On the sidewalk was set up, the two long bamboo sticks used in the Filipino dance. My mom said that maybe the motorcade was supposed to stop and watch a performance, but it was just too chaotic.

    America was so patriotic back then. How I would love to see such patriotism once again.

  15. Lowtone123
    November 21st, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    I wasn’t born yet but it was one of the those moments where you know exactly where you were at the very moment you heard about it. For me it was the Challenger Shuttle explosion and 9-11.

  16. 4G
    November 21st, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    @Rod – LOL! Yeah, we saw his car! ;) As I recall, that motorcade went by pretty fast, too (it was Nimitz Highway, after all)!

  17. 4G
    November 21st, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    @dihudfan – wow, hard question! The bottom line, for me, is that the information is incomplete/inconclusive and that makes coming to an actual conclusion, other than, “I don’t know”, a near impossibility. I think for me, “believe” is a strong characterization. I would rather characterize it as what I “suspect”. LOL. I’m such a pain, yeah? Sorry about that.

    But we humans really do not like being in “don’t know” situations, huh? We have an overwhelming to desire to “conclude”. LOL.

    As I understand it, there is a CIA file that many have been after to get opened that is to be opened sometime in 2017. Interestingly, though, the CIA has an option to lobby to get that deadline extended. Hmmm.

    It could very well have been a situation of a “lone gunman”. Like Obama relatively recently alluded to (in the context of the war on terrorism), the lone wolf is the largest, hardest risk to detect and protect against.

    HOWEVER (LOL!) – there are so many anomalies that one can’t help but wonder. I suspect that there was only one gunman. However, at least for me, that doesn’t necessarily mean that there wasn’t a “conspiracy”. I suspect that, if there was not an active conspiracy, there was at least a bit of a passive one . . . .


    What do you believe/suspect?

  18. Volleymom2
    November 21st, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    It’s called a flashbulb memory if you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing. I was in grade2 when my teacher called us in after recess and we all sat in a circle. She told us about the president being shot. I remember her eyes being red. When I got home I remember the footage playing over n over of his assasination. I see Jackie hovering over her husband. What a sad day.

  19. keoni
    November 21st, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    I think there were more than one shooter – Oswald was only the “patsy”

  20. khs68
    November 21st, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    I remember being in 8th grade English class when the announcement came over the P.A. system. Absolute total silence — it seemed like time just stopped and the air got so heavy it was hard to breathe.

    Even now, I wonder what our lives would’ve been like had this terrible thing not happened to President Kennedy.

  21. dihudfan
    November 21st, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    @4G… don’t really know what to believe… especially now, there are many more evidence dug up by different people… keeps my head spinning… I guess when there is cold, hard facts presented in the most logical way, will I be able to come to some kind of conclusion…

  22. Aunty Paula
    November 22nd, 2013 at 1:03 am #

    I was a couple months shy of turning 3 years old then, but I remember waking up one weekend and turning on the TV for cartoons, only to find a casket on a wagon on all the stations! I turned the TV off and went back to bed since no one else was awake yet.

  23. M
    November 22nd, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    Guud morning MLCers!
    Happy Aloha Friday!

  24. 4G
    November 22nd, 2013 at 6:50 am #

    @AP – wow, that is some kind of memory! ;)

    @dihudfan and @keoni – here’s an interesting theory I had not heard before. JFK Inadvertently Killed by Friendly Fire?:

  25. M
    November 22nd, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    Guud times last night at Ryan’s, guud food and great friends.

  26. M
    November 22nd, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    Guud times last night at Ryan’s, guud food and great friends.

  27. M
    November 22nd, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    What da…., double post again!

  28. M
    November 22nd, 2013 at 7:38 am #

    I guess it was that guud and fun last night for a double post! :lol:

  29. Kage
    November 22nd, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Good Morning.

    Had fun last night. Bruddah Lance makes me tired just watching him talk. :)
    just kidding

  30. M
    November 22nd, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    @Kage, it came a lot louder when Bruddah Lance came. :lol:

  31. dihudfan
    November 22nd, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    @4G… good one… possiblities… maybe one day we will know all the facts… maybe not……………….

  32. Rodney
    November 22nd, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

  33. 4G
    November 22nd, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    KGMB News reported earlier this week that President Kennedy’s visit was five months before his assassination. So, it must have been around June 1963.

  34. 4G
    November 22nd, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    Oops – Hawaii visit. Duh! LOL.