50 years later: The unfulfilled promise of John F. Kennedy and his generation-defining death

The nation marks a half-century since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Many who were alive on that fateful day recall exactly where they were and what they were doing.

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 1963 file photo, the flag-draped casket of President John F. Kennedy lies in state in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The flag that draped the president’s coffin and the saddle, sword and boots from the riderless horse in his funeral procession go on display Nov. 22 at the Kennedy Library on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 1963 file photo, the flag-draped casket of President John F. Kennedy lies in state in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The flag that draped the president’s coffin and the saddle, sword and boots from the riderless horse in his funeral procession go on display Nov. 22 at the Kennedy Library on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination. (AP Photo, File)

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