The Aftermath of the JFK Assassination
The Aftermath of the JFK Assassination

The Aftermath of the JFK Assassination

Trista - July 7, 2019

The Aftermath of the JFK Assassination
JFK’s casket in State Capital. History Army.

4. As JFK Laid In State, People Gathered To Pay Their Respect Which Created A Line Miles Long

Officials took John F. Kennedy to the United States Capitol Building on November 24th so that he could lay in state. This notion allows members of the public to come and pay their respects to the fallen president. People quickly started to gather, but only so many people could be allowed into the building at one time. Altogether, it’s estimated that nearly 1 million people came to pay their respects. For about 24 hours, the line to enter the capital building reached 2 miles long. Unfortunately, not everyone was allowed inside to pay their respects.

The Aftermath of the JFK Assassination
Arlington National Cemetery. Robert Alexander / Getty Images / TIME.

3. They Buried JFK At Arlington National Cemetery

After JFK’s mass funeral on November 25th, they brought his body to the Arlington National Cemetery for burial. This procession included leaders from 99 nations, with many arriving after the parade started due to the number of people. The choice to bury JFK at Arlington was made by his wife, who stated upon her tour of the cemetery, “He belongs to the people.” Jackie felt this was a better place for her husband as more people would be able to pay their respects to him there than in his hometown’s Catholic cemetery in Maryland.

The Aftermath of the JFK Assassination
John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting father’s casket. AP / Columbian.

2. One Of The Most Popular Pictures Surrounding JFK’s Assassination Is His Son Saluting His Coffin

Many pictures are part of JFK’s assassination. However, one of the most famous images is when his three-year-old son, John F. Kennedy Jr. saluted his father’s casket. Not only was this little John’s third birthday, but that would be the last time little John and his sister saw their dad’s coffin as they were too young to attend the burial that same day, November 25th. Today, this picture is not only thought to be one of the most popular photographs of that historical time but of the 20th century.

The Aftermath of the JFK Assassination
Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in on November 22, 1963 with Jackie Kennedy to his left and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson, to his left. Cecil Stoughton / White House Photographs / AFP / Getty Images.

1. Jackie Kennedy Arrived In Washington D.C. Still Wearing Blood Splattered Clothing

While everything moved rather fast as Jackie Kennedy remained in a state of shock over her husband’s assassination, she received the option to change her clothing on the Air Force One airplane. However, Jackie refused, stating, “Oh, no, I want them to see what they have done to Jack.” Jackie knew that they would photograph her upon landing. On top of this, she stood next to President Johnson as he gave a quick speech to those who were watching on television. As she stood, everyone could still see JFK’s blood on the front of Jackie’s skirt.


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