Many of my Facebook friends have been changing their profile pictures to pictures of JFK to honor him this day, the anniversary of the assassination. In addition, they have been relaying their memories of that day. My personal memory of that day is a little foggy simply because I was 9 when it happened and obliviously not fresh in my mind.
I do remember being in school. I believe I was in 5th grade. Our teacher was called out of the room and then came back with tears in her eyes and told us. I remember at some point after that a large television was brought in and we all watched the news about it. I don't remember what went on when I got home, but considering my mother's liberal leanings, it was probably not the best of days. I remember watching the funeral procession days later and thinking to myself that he must have been a wonderful, powerful man to have such a procession through our nation's capital. I suppose being 9 years old, the severity of the event was somewhat lost on me.
We all have memories of world events that shape our lives. Some of them such as the assassination of JFK, 911, and Columbine are things that one is likely to remember for years to come. They not only shape us but shape the world. I only hope that those horrible days do not repeat themselves too often and that we can begin to heal our nation of the hate that surrounds us.