John F. Kennedy Assassination: 5 Decades of Memories

Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 9.21.50 PMThe City of Dallas prepares to commemorate 5 Decades of Memories. Dallas remembers the John F. Kennedy Assassination later this year. The city will pay tribute to the former president on November 22, 2013.

What brought Kennedy to Dallas? Why is the 50th Anniversary historic compared to years’ past? Who has a story to share about the assassination?

What brought Kennedy to Dallas

The president came to Dallas for two reasons in 1963. Kennedy wanted to mend political fences critical to re-election. A bitter feud between John Connally and Rick Yarborough threatened to tear Democrats apart. Also Congressman Jim Wright wanted to thank Kennedy for his support to build the TFX Fighter plane in Fort Worth.

What makes the 50th anniversary more important and historic compared to years past?

The 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Assassination is believed to be the most historic to date. It’s probably the final time those alive on the day of the assassination will be able to share their story publicly. It’s also the last time those who weren’t alive will hear the stories from those who witnessed this event first-hand.

Who has a story to share?

Just about anyone alive can tell you where they were during the John F. Kennedy Assassination. The stories most remembered are stories from the locals who shared some type of first-hand connection to Kennedy or events surrounding the assassination. Maybe it was a band member who played “Hail To The Chief” at the President’s final breakfast in Fort Worth and snatched a dinner roll from the President’s breakfast plate. Maybe it was the person who had a run-in with secret service while trying to get one of Kennedy’s final autographs. Maybe it was the child who was present to witness her Grandmother renting Lee Harvey Oswald a boarding room in their house so he had a place to sleep.

These are just a few of the stories you’ll have the chance to hear one final time as Dallas commemorates 50 years. Watch KTXD-TV Channel 47.1/Channel 24 (Time Warner Cable) as hosts Tracy Rowlett, Iola Johnson, John Criswell, Troy Dungan, Midge Hill, John Sparks and Jeff Brady reunite those affected by this tragedy and retell the four days which would forever change the city and our great nation as we know it: “JFK 50: A Texas Tribute”, a live television event. 7am-7pm on November 22, 2013.

Watch “JFK 50: A Texas Tribute”, streamed LIVE on; Friday, November 22nd from 7am-7pm CST  (UTC-6 Hours). This special 12 hour broadcast will feature rare video of President Kennedy’s trip to Dallas, live interviews with people who have first-hand connections to some of the darkest days in our country’s history, and live coverage of the observance in Dallas’ Dealey Plaza celebrating the remarkable life, legacy, and leadership of our 35th President. Follow the conversation about the broadcast on social media by following our twitter page at and liking our Facebook page at