While the kids were here for Christmas, we thought it would be interesting to see a famous Dallas landmark. Granted visiting where JFK was shot and killed doesn’t sound like a “Christmas” thing to do, but my children are grown and very interested in our history.
We went the day after Christmas. There were many people who had the same idea. It was a very sobering experience for the four of us. It was a part of our history that was dark, surrounded by much conspiracy.
Standing on the grassy knoll and looking at the spot where the 1st and 2nd shot came gave us all a moment for pause. We were totally amazed by some of the people there. It was almost like a circus atmosphere. It was disturbing. I mean people stood on the “X” spots in the middle of the street smiling as their picture were taken. Seriously. Where is the respect for our former president and his family? I took pictures of everything I could but not to celebrate but to remember.
We also went to the museum on the sixth floor of the former Texas School Book Depository. The exhibits were very interesting and worth the time. It covered everything from the Kennedy family, years in the White House, the assassination and the events that followed. My kids were enthralled and exhibited respect for history. They looked, listened to the videos and then wanted to discuss this period of time with us.
No pictures were allowed inside the museum, but here are some pictures we took outside.
The front of the former Texas School Book Depository. Presently Dallas County Administration Building.
The sixth floor where the sniper's rifle was found.
The grassy knoll.
Close up of fence on grassy knoll.
© 2009 Nadine Zawacki