Austin was ready.
The city was bedecked in holiday decorations and lights. Mayor Lester Palmer and Emma Long, the first woman elected to the City Council, were among the dignitaries set to greet President John F. Kennedy when Air Force One touched down at Bergstrom Air Force Base on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963 — 50 years ago today.
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Today’s official Kennedy assassination commemoration begins at 11:30 a.m. in Dealey Plaza, site of the assassination. The limited-admission event features remarks by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and historian David McCullough, the tolling of bells around the city and a moment of silence at 12:30 p.m.
Rainy and cold weather with the passage of a cold front threatens today’s Dallas events. The forecast calls for midday temperatures in the 30s with strong wind and light rain.
For live, streaming video of the event, go to statesman.com
About this story
Patrick Beach conducted roughly 10 interviews of people who were in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and the Washington, D.C., area on Nov. 22, 1963; reviewed the archives of the Austin American and the Austin Statesman in the days preceding and following the assassination; and examined period documents and photos at the Austin History Center.