#OnThisDay November 22, 1963 President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated.
President Kennedy was in Dallas, TX with his wife at his side.
Lyndon Baines Johnson was sworn in on Air Force One.
A riderless horse, named Black Jack, with boots in the stirrups facing backwards, led the funeral cortege. The riderless horse is done when a leader has fallen.
JFK Jr. saluted the casket of his fallen father as it passed his family.
JFK would regularly visit Arlington Cemetery out of respect for his fallen military brothers and sisters. Shortly before going to Dallas, he said to his wife that he would love to be here forever.
Two of his brothers, Robert F. Kennedy and Edward M. Kennedy, are buried here as well.
An older brother, Joseph P. Kennedy, was killed in action during WWII. His plane exploded during a dangerous, top-secret mission; his body was never recovered.
FIN/Mrs. Kennedy lit the eternal flame at her husband's gravesite. Their two infant children who died are also buried here with their parents, John and Jacqueline Kennedy.

May they all rest in peace.

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