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Locals remember day JFK was shot

MALDEN, MO (KFVS) -

The chilly November day is fitting for the solemn anniversary of the shooting death of President John F. Kennedy.

While people all over the country are remembering where they were that day, a few of you right here in the Heartland are telling Heartland News about it.

I met with Tom Dinkins in the Malden City Park.

"It kind of stuck in my mind, I think just kind of like 9/11, something like that just stays with you and you remember every detail, what’s going on, every second of the day," said Dinkins.

Dinkins was in the 5th grade at a school in Joplin, Mo.

He said his class had just finished lunch and they were waiting in the hallway.

"The principal came by and said the president had been shot," said Dinkins.

Dinkins still remembers his teacher crying and that a classmate didn’t feel well that day.

"About 10 minutes later, 15 minutes later the principal came back by and said the president had died," said Dinkins.

Dinkins recalls his parents didn’t vote for Kennedy, but said the President made Americans feel good again.

He said after JFK’s death, even as a 10-year-old, he could tell something changed.

"Nothing like that will ever happen again, and you think wow, this was our leader," said Dinkins.

Dinkins grew up to teach history, and occasionally taught about that very day, but that’s not the only day he remembers vividly.

"I remember John saluting his dad's casket as he walked by," said Dinkins.

Like many other Americans, he witnessed history unfold.

"We were getting ready to go out and play football, you know we were sitting there watching TV and all of a sudden, boom, Lee Harvey Oswald gets shot...10 yrs old and actually see a man get shot on TV was just amazing," said Dinkins.

A president famous for telling Americans to ask what they can do for their country, left Americans asking what they were supposed to do next.

"Camelot had died,” said Dinkins. “What's going to happen, what's going to happen now?"

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