Naperville Remembers Kennedy

For some residents of the Martin Avenue Apartments it seems like it was just yesterday President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Louise Jacobs remembers watching TV with her kids at the time.

“All of a sudden they interrupted the program and said that Kennedy had been shot. And we stayed glued to the TV for the whole week. I still dwell on that day and what had happened. We wanted to see everything. We didn’t want to miss minute. I’ll never forget it. It was like it happened yesterday,” said Manager of the Martin Avenue Apartments, Louise Jacobs.

She and Anthony Abraham remember how the excitement of seeing the president turned into fear.

“I was a student at North Texas State University and I was there to see the president, and I was on the street about three or four blocks behind him when he got shot. It was a little scary,” said Abraham.

“He just gave us hope, he gave us light, and for that light to go out. I went to see his gave a few years ago, and you know i cried, you still cry,” said Jacobs.

Fifty years later, Kennedy junior high is honoring their namesake with various projects around the school.

“He had so many things that we wanted to follow and since our school is named after him, we are trying to follow him as much as we can, in his footsteps and i think the display kind of shows that,” said seventh grade student, Julia Cameli.

For the students the legacy of President Kennedy lives on through quotes, pictures, and headlines from throughout the late president’s life, and the impact of his death is still felt generations later.

“It actually makes me kind of sad that a great man’s life was cut short like that, he did so many great things and could have done so much more,” said seventh grader, Justin Griffith.

Whether you remember hearing about his assassination live on the news or in a classroom years later, President Kennedy continues to be memorialized our society today and will for years to come.


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