Adults remember learning of JFK's death 50 years later

Adults remember learning of JFK's death 50 years later

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on November 22, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 6:45 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There was a  remembrance of the Kennedy assassination at a Charlotte school where adults who were students at the school that day returned for a special homecoming.

All the adults who visited Pinewood Elementary were once students on the day John Kennedy was assassinated and they told the current crop of students that it was a moment they would never forget.

“It was a sad and powerful day.  I get teary eyed when I talk about it,” recalled Jane Faircloth Machado, one of the former students.

Another student from that day in 1963, Michael Ballard said he knew something was wrong when his teacher was called out of the classroom.

“When she came back in the room she was crying and when you are that age, you have never seen your teacher cry.  We knew something dramatic had happened,” he said.

The former students shared their memories of that day with the current students who have been studying the Kennedy years.

The young students listened as the stories they had heard in class about the assassination came alive through the words of the former students who had lived through the murder of a president.

“I take it as some much sadness. I can’t even believe they could do that,” said current student Magda Cruz speaking of the assassination.

The adult students say that day 50 years ago changed their lives forever.

“It woke me up to the reality of the world.  I became less naive, less of a child in a way,” said Joan Faircloth Machado as she wiped away a tear.

 

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