Remembering JFK: 50 Years later

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Friday marks 50 years since President John F. Kennedy's assassination. 

People are taking time to reflect on the moment they learned of the tragic news. At the Kennedy exhibit at the Newseum, people are remembering the day that changed the nation.

Across the globe, and here at home, people remember what they were doing, how old they were, and how they felt.

Betty Rahal says, "Still brings me to tears."

Ronn Lonon, who was in 2nd grade in 1963 says, "It was the first time and only time, I saw a nun cry she actually told us the President had been shot." Mignone Wood, 8 years old in 1963, "The stable boys came running out saying el presidente killed."

Kamal Rahal was a 28 year old federal worker in Prince George's County when he heard the news. 

"Federal workers were released. It was so curious, so quiet on the roads. There was signal of calmness and sadness throughout the city."

Rahal stood in line through the night and morning only to be turned away at the US Capitol where Kennedy was lying in state.

Betty Rahal says, "When I first heard, I was looking for a friend. I went to the journalism school because I thought they would know something. I was alone for a few minutes it was a sad, sad time."

Regardless if you were alive when JFK was assassinated, the mountain of evidence, or the years of investigating,  the mystery remains. 

People still wonder what really happened in that moment in time.

People to this day wonder what the world would've look like had JFK lived. The nation paused in collective mourning 50 years ago. The Images and sounds that forever mark a tragic moment in American History.  

"It's just as alive today as it was 50 years ago."

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