Remembering JFK This Week

News organizations and companies around the country are getting ready to mark the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. The anniversary, which will be on November 22, certainly opens up old wounds for many.

NBC News is marking the anniversary with a week-long series of special reports. These will culminate in a two-hour primetime documentary. This documentary is called “Where Were You: The Day JFK Died” and it will be anchored by Tom Brokaw who was a young reporter at a local station in Omaha at the time.

Leading up to the anniversary, “Today” is presenting some interviews about the assassination. These will include a sit-down with former Secret Service agent Clint Hill. He is the author of “Five Days in November.”

There are also many interesting documents housed at locations like the Shapell Manuscript Foundation that help us to reflect on JFK’s life and death. Right now, as part of their commemorative collection, they have an unused ticket to the “Texas Welcome Dinner in Honor of President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson,” that was to be held at 7:30 pm at the Municipal Auditorium in Dallas. The tickets were never used, of course, since he was killed that afternoon.

Similarly, Shapell has a collection of notes that JFK wrote during his presidency while he was on Air Force One.

Certainly, the week leading up to the anniversary of the assassination will be charged with meaning and memory.