Salute to President John F. Kennedy 50Years Later.

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Nation gathered around television sets to watch the tragic story of JFK’s assassination unfold and also the same medium that helped show case the daughter of John Kennedy’s daughter Caroline as the new ambassador to Japan.

Letting go of his mother’s hand, in an iconic picture of John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes his father’s flag-draped casket as it passes on Nov. 25, 1963, John’s third birthday. Behind JFK’s son is Robert Kennedy; Ted Kennedy is on the other side of Jackie, behind young Caroline, who was about to turn six.

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But then this was the moment in America, memorialized today 50 years later, when gunshots that Oswald fired from the Texas School Book Depository brought the country together the way it did, an American nightmare moment that seemed to stretch on for days as citizens watched in shock on live television. It was a sad moment.

The Secret Service has been part of American history since its creation in 1865, but it wasn’t until after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, that the organization began to expand and evolve into the high-tech, massive, secret operation that it is today. Protecting the President of the United State is a vow that the elite members have sworn to.

Kennedy’s family members laid a wreath on his grave at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington DC on Friday. His wife Jackie and two of their children are also buried there.

Kennedy, a Democrat, was part of one of the most prominent US political dynasties of the 20th Century.

John Kennedy’s daughter Caroline is now the US ambassador to Japan. We wish her well.

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