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Texans Look to Observe 59th Anniversary of JFK's Assassination

Larry Lease

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Dallas residents are looking to pay respects on the anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.Photo byHistory in HD/UnsplashonUnsplash

The United States was forever changed fifty-nine years ago when three rounds were fired from a sniper's nest in downtown Dallas. Since that day when both President John F. Kennedy and Dallas police Officer J.D. Tippit were murdered, the city has struggled with how to properly acknowledge and observe Nov. 22, 1963. Dallas News reports that many buildings that played a part during that day are still standing. However, few who witnessed the assassination in person are still around to talk about that day. For locals, there are a few ways to observe and honor the day America lost its second president to an assassination.

Dealey Plaza has managed to keep the same appearance that it had when Kennedy's motorcade rode through Elm Street on his fateful journey, despite the modern Dallas skyline poking behind it. Visitors can often be seen relaxing on the Grassy Knoll, close to where Abraham Zapruder filmed the last moments of Kennedy's life, and taking photos of the two X's marking the spots where Lee Harvey Oswald's bullets struck President Kennedy.

The most infamous spot in Dealey Plaza is the former Texas School Book Depository building where Oswald killed Kennedy. This year the Sixth Floor Museum will be open on Tuesday and will host a concert to commemorate the assassination.

Dallas News reports that two Oak Cliff homes that Oswald stayed at before that fateful day are still standing and are privately owned. However, as the area continues to develop, it's unclear how long they will remain standing. Oswald rented a room at 1026 N. Beckley Ave, which has been turned into a museum. He and his wife were living in a home at 214 W. Neely Street. This is the home where Oswald famously posed for a picture with the rife he would end up using to kill Kennedy. You can also see a plaque that marks the spot where Kennedy shot the Dallas police officer near Patton Avenue and 10th Street.

The theater where Oswald was apprehended is still in operation and will be showing the same films that were screened the day Oswald was apprehended. Dallas News reports that the place where Oswald was gunned down by Jack Ruby, has become the UNT Dallas School of Law.

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