President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is known for many things throughout his life. From becoming the youngest president at the age of 43 to the Bay of Pigs Invasion. However, the biggest thing that sticks out during his short life is that he was assassinated. What makes his assassination so interesting to people is the fact that there are so many unanswered questions. Nobody knows exactly what happened in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. There are many ideas of what took place that day as told by the government, and possible theories and cover up, but the effect of Kennedy's death and his legacy will live on in the minds of the people forever. In this paper I will focus on the events of his last day, the persons involved in the assassination, as well as on some conspiracy theories and the impact President John F. Kennedy's assassination had on the U.S.
On November 22, 1963 Air Force One landed at Love Field in Dallas Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy and the Connallys met the people when they arrived and shook their hands. Then it became time to begin the motorcade. It would be lead by four motorcycle policemen, then a car with Dallas police force, next the lead car with the chief of police, sheriff, and a Secret Service agent. After that would come the president's convertible with John and Jackie sitting on the back seat, Governor Connally and his wife in front of them, and two Secret Service agents in the driver and passenger seats. Then came four more motorcycle policemen, a follow-up car with more Secret Service agents, the vice presidents convertible, and the rest of the 24-motorcade included more Secret Service agents. (Netzley, 26-7) The motorcade was then off on its route to the Trade Mart where the president would make his speech. A few seconds after Governor Connally said to Kennedy "You sure can't say Dallas doesn't love you, Mr. President" (Netzley, 29). Shots rang out and Kennedy was shot along with Governor Connally.