Heartland man remembers Kennedy anniversary
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 18:26:58 GMT —
Few days have left a bigger impact on American history than November 22, 1963. It was on that day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. The news sent shockwaves through the nation as Americans could only watch in disbelief.
Bill Minor was an associate professor at what is now Truman State University and remembers how he felt.
"Tears came in my eyes and I restrained myself from crying but I felt like it, and I felt so bad that I just didn't want to stay at school any longer that day so I took the rest of that day off and went home," said Minor.
At the time Bill was also president of the Kirksville Democratic Club and had supported Kennedy ever since the 1960 election. That connection made the loss even more painful for him and his wife.
"We both actually cried together as we watched on the news and then later when they said he was definitely dead that was a very sad experience for us," Minor said.
The country mourned in the following days as President Kennedy was laid to rest. For many it was viewed as the end of Camelot.
"The biggest thing I think we lost our innocence and the fact that our place in the world wasn't as good as it should have been when he first got killed, we lost some of that," said Minor.
And that sense of loss remains even now, 50 years to the day. Visitors still stop by Dealey Plaza to see for themselves, intrigued by a place seemingly frozen in time.
For Bill Minor, he's left to ponder what might have been.
"He would have been successful with some of the programs of integration I think, and he was interested in helping various racial problems that we had, he tried to do something about that. We would have reached those things sooner than we did."