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Central New Yorkers Remember John F. Kennedy

While people around the country honor JFK today on the 50th anniversary of his death, some residents here at home say they remember the day like it was yesterday. It was a Friday just like today, 50 years ago. JFK was killed and our nation was in shock. Businesses closed. Schools sent kids home early. And millions of americans gathered together to mourn the life of a man they loved.
While people around the country honor JFK today on the 50th anniversary of his death, some residents here at home say they remember the day like it was yesterday.

It was a Friday just like today, 50 years ago. JFK was killed and our nation was in shock. Businesses closed. Schools sent kids home early. And millions of americans gathered together to mourn the life of a man they loved.

"He says captain, I hate to interrupt your class. But I'd like to inform you that President Kennedy was shot.. and is dead," says Tony Poccia, remembers Kennedy's assassination.

Poccia was 32 years old, a Utica police officer. He says November 22nd, 1963 is the day our world changed.

"Everything was shattered that day. Like I say, people just crying, tearing, they all loved him. I don't think, there was a dry eye in that room," says Poccia.

"I remember what I was wearing, I remember being so worried about my own two boys," says Dorothy Wynne, remembers Kennedy's assassination.

Wynne was 38 years old, a New Hartford teacher. She says the tragedy showed her that life is precious.

"There was such an aura about the President and his wife, it just didn't seem possible," says Wynne.

50 years later, Tony and Dorothy say it still hurts to think about that day. Regardless they say it's important that all Americans, young and old, remember JFK.

"50 years ago, he was shot and he was killed. And today we're remembering that day," says Poccia.

"You wish you could say to somebody oh this will never happen again, but it very easily could," says Wynne.

There are certain dates that just stick with people. For the younger generation, it's September 11th. For the baby boomers generation, it's of course today, JFK's assassination. And while we can't change the past, some say we can always remember and honor all those lost.


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