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“A Nation Mourned”


Description from Debbi aka Sparkle Chick: Where were you on November 22, 1963?
Thought this might generate an interesting discussion among those of us who remember.
I remember Jacqueline Kennedy's pink suit, John-John saluting and the times of Camelot.
I saw Ruby shoot Oswald.
I saw my Dad cry for the very first time...


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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    I was not born! ;)

    …but I’ve read about it in my history books!!! It must have been an awful day!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Oh and my parents weren’t born either!!!!!!!!!

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    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    Now I feel old! I know you weren’t born yet Little Chick…I bet your mom & dad weren’t born then either!
    It must be a sad history lesson to read about…
    It was an awful day….I was just a young girl but I remember it SO vividly.

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    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    We were typing about your parents at the same time there!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    LOL it was! :(

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    That was supposed to be:


    …it was :(

  7. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I wasn’t alive yet either – but my older brother was. I remember my mom saying that my brother seemed so confused and upset to see his mom and dad crying, watching the tv.
    Great pick to start a sobering, but important conversation, Debbi. Let us hope and pray that all of us chicks who were not yet alive never experience what the other chicks saw.

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    I was twelve years old, and in my 7th grade music class when the principal announced over the loud speaker that JFK had been shot. School was dismissed, and everyone was shocked and many were crying, including myself. I, too, remember Jackie’s suit and hat, and the funeral with little John John’s salute. I still remeber feeling sad that Caroline and John John would have to grow up without their loving father. It was a very terrible time in our history. :(

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    I was a sophomore in high school standing in speech class giving a speech when the principal came over the speaker. I’m telling you the words to the speach went right out of my head. It was; Four score and seventy years ago our fore fathers brought to this nation….. Im still not sure that is right. Everybody cried and were so scared about what would happen to our country. Lovely tribute. P.S. I never did have to finish that speech. Thank heaven. I just do not do well at memorizing things. I guess I too can say I am definitely getting old, but I plan on being around another 20 or 30 years.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I was 6 – and remember some of it as I am the same age as Caroline. and we’ve seen the photos so often.

    Thank you for a sobering thought provoking pick, Debbi.

  11. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Beautiful tribute for a very tragic event. I do remember hearing about it when I was 6 years old as well and, of course, seeing the video of the assassination and the funeral…very sad.

  12. movie chick aka susan
    movie chick aka susan says:

    I was not born yet…seems like innocence was truly lost that day :( …thanks for making this pick.

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    K H says:

    I was in afternoon Kindergarten. I remember the principal coming into the class room with black ribbons to drape on the flag.

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    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    Thank you all for your comments…I had just turned 8 and they didn’t make an announcement in our elementary school to my recollection.
    As we got off the school bus tho’, the parochial school kids were walking home from school…they were always dismissed later than we were…so it was odd to see them out of school already.
    I remember asking one girl why she was out of school early and she told me what had happened.
    That’s when I went into the house and my Dad was shaving, getting ready for work and crying as he listened to the radio.
    I think it’s interesting how you’ve all shared where you were, or if you weren’t yet born, your thoughts as you grew up and learned about it in history…thank you for sharing!
    I think Movie Chick said it best…our innocence was lost that day.

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    Brenda H says:

    I’m old! I was a senior in high school. I was in history class, we were watching the parade on TV and saw it happen. The day Ruby killed Oswald we were at a friend’s house for lunch and watched that happen! We were all so devastated over JFK and very confused and afraid! My older brother was in the Army at the time, and I remember my Mother was so afraid for him. It was a horrible time in our country’s history!

  16. Sandra Martinez
    Sandra Martinez says:

    I was at Kerr Jr Hi in Okla City in 7th grade chorus…the principal made the announcement and everyone started to cry..I saw Jack Ruby killed on TV and Lee Oswald also…chaos…

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    RubberT aka Plucky Chick says:

    I was in second grade when the announcement came over the intercom. It was as if time stood still, the whole classroom was really, really quiet (and we were a rambuncious class!)Remember watching the rest on TV.

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    RubberT aka Plucky Chick says:

    Thanks for the pick, Sparkle Chick!

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Hey, somebody is still awake out there.

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    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    Thanks Brenda, Sandra, Becky and Faith for sharing.

  21. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Well, I was beginning to think I was the only one on the LB site old enough to actually remember this happening, until I read all the comments!!!

    I was 8 years old and the principal announced the President’s death at our school. I remember watching the rest of the ceremonies and Oswald’s shooting on TV. I agree — our Nation was forever changed that day. Thanks for this pick, Debbi.

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