Today marks a somber anniversary
50 years ago, President John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
For many, it was a touchstone moment in their lives.
ABC's Brandi Hitt has details.
At Arlington national cemetery outside Washington dc this morning visitors gathered around the eternal flame that burns above president John F. Kennedy's grave...
Millions across the country are remembering November 22, 1963 as a day of great sadness that paralyzed the nation.
"There's the president and Mrs. Kennedy just minutes before he was shot."
"The president was hit in the head."
Many Americans who were alive in 1963 remember where they were and what they felt when they earned president john f. Kennedy was assassinated as his motorcade traveled through Dallas.
"It's kind of an unsettling feeling."
Today thousands are gathering in that same Dealey Plaza not just to recognize the young father and charismatic leader but also to recall the moment that some felt America lost its innocence.
"I think as my generation is getting older there are going to be fewer and fewer of us who remember that."
Veteran reporter Robert McNeil covered the white house in 1963.
He remembers being in the media bus with the president in Dallas that day.
Then there was a bang and we all said what was that was that a shot and there was a little pause and then 2 more bangs closer together closer together like bang bang I said those were shots stop the bus.
But even 50 years later some still question -- what was the accused assassin - Lee Harvey Oswald's -- motive?
Oswald was murdered on *live* television by jack ruby just days after Kennedy's death before he could
reveal any details
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