Nation Pays Tribute To President Kennedy On 50th Anniversary Of Assassination

Source: Daniel Arkin / NBC News

Few tragedies loom as large in the American psyche as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who was gunned down in Dallas a half-century ago today.

Now, we pause to remember that dark day in the country’s history — recalling a shared trauma that can feel both political and personal.

“I remember it as if it were yesterday,” President Bill Clinton told NBC News’ Tom Brokaw earlier this year. “He meant something to the country and he symbolized the future. And it was as if he was snuffed out.”

The events of that day crushed Camelot and felled the New Frontier, silencing a princely president who had inspired a divided nation with soaring speeches and daring dreams.

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