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Going by means of a field of keepsakes from household and associates just lately, I discovered two letters. (The story you might be about to learn is true; names have been modified to guard the harmless.) On the morning of November 22, 1963, a younger married skilled from Dallas wrote to his dad and mom. After speaking about some just lately bought furnishings, he nonchalantly added:

In about three hours the President and his group will cross our workplace. It is raining and town is outdoors with avenue cleaners washing it down and other people out within the rain accumulating paper. It is actually humorous. Laura has a health care provider’s appointment this morning after which she comes over right here and we go to lunch. Aaron will be a part of us for lunch. Laura needs to go to the Commerce Mart for lunch so she will be able to see Jackie. I do not know the way a lot we’ll get to see, however I assume we’ll go over it.

If it had continued to rain, the thirty fifth President of america wouldn’t have traveled in an open automotive. However the skies cleared and the present went on as deliberate.

This younger man adopted with one other letter on November 23, 1963:

Pricey Mother and Dad:

I’m certain that each you and us and the remainder of the nation discover it exhausting to consider what occurred yesterday.

Laura and I had gone to the Marriott Motel throughout from the Commerce Mart for a sandwich earlier than going to the Commerce Mart to take heed to Kennedy. We had simply paid the invoice and have been leaving after we noticed the 2 presidential limousines drive previous the Commerce Mart. This was the route they have been to take and he was to enter by means of the aspect door of the Commerce Mart. I advised Laura that they have been definitely going fairly quick. We could not actually inform what had occurred or if one thing was improper.

We entered the Commerce Mart and most people have been seated for the banquet. A buddy of mine got here as much as me and advised me that the president had been shot. As most individuals would have thought, we took it as a joke. We began saying he was severe after which somebody got here up with a radio. The folks within the banquet space had not but heard the information and have been nonetheless enjoying music. A policeman had knowledgeable us that we’d not have the ability to go away till the president left. I advised Laura at that time that it was time to get out earlier than it was introduced to the group. We acquired out and headed to the automotive.

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