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Longtime Wilmington residents remember JFK assassination

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- President Barack Obama has ordered flags lowered at government buildings today as the country marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.

Even after half a century, the memories of that day and what happened in Dallas, TX, are still fresh in the minds of many people who lived through those historic times.

WWAY NewsChannel 3's Daniel Seamans talked to some longtime Wilmington residents of their memories of that day and how the Port City reacted to the death of the president.

Feel free to share your memories of Nov. 22, 1963, in the comments section below.

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Very sad day. Don't think

Very sad day. Don't think the eternal flame is the same? is it? The one I saw recently didn't look like the original one, as I remember it.

JFK Assassination

I was seven, the day President Kennedy was assassinated. I found out on the corner of Village and Pleasant Street in Marblehead, MA. A classmate told me as we were walking home from school. Although, my family was Republican, we were devastated. He was our President. Watched the funeral procession on an old black and white tv. My view of the world shifted that day.

My Catholic grandparents lived in Newport, RI. When we visited in the summer, the Kennedys would be in St. Mary's Church with the Secret Service. The only time we children were allowed to stand on the pews.

One symbol given back

At the funeral for the President one symbol was returned to him. At the end of the precisely choreographed funeral, an unrehearsed moment happened. A US Army Special Forces Master Sergeant stepped forward, removed his Green Beret and placed on JFK's grave. President Kennedy had presented the berets to Special Forces as a "symbol of excellence and a badge of courage."
The Master Sergeant placed another Green Beret on his head saluted and returnded to his place. For the longest time a Green Beret and Service hats of all the Services were arranged around the Eternal Flame. But, no longer.