JFK Memorial, Dallas to Austin

Trip Start Jan 22, 2010
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Trip End Feb 14, 2010


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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Slept with our drapes open last night... what a beautiful view of downtown Dallas!

Walked to Dealey Plaza and the Sixth Floor Museum this morning. Anyone who experienced the assassination of JFK knows exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. School was canceled and we watched hours of news reports on our televisions.  The events of the day were burned into our memories.  Seeing the site was like going back in time.  The corner window on the sixth floor of what was then the Dallas School Book Repository is recreated to look just as it did when the Secret Service first discovered it after the shots were fired. The audio tour begins with an account by a newsman who walked into the repository just after the shooting and asked for directions from a man who he later learned was Lee Harvey Oswald!  A very interesting piece of American History is held here for all generations to experience.

http://www.jfk.org/

Growing up in the 60's, I remember the debates over the artistic value, or lack thereof, of the decade's 'modern art.'  It is interesting to remember those arguments while viewing the Memorial to JFK on Market Street between Main and Commerce, just 200 yards from the site of his assassination. It is supposed to represent a 'cenotaph,' or open tomb; symbolizing the freedom of Kennedy's spirit. On the positive side, it is described as "a place of quiet refuge, an enclosed place of thought and contemplation separated from the city around, but near the sky and earth."  I was not impressed, and certainly not inspired, but can appreciate it as an expression of the decade of the 60's that JFK so greatly influenced.

http://www.galinsky.com/buildings/kennedymemorial/index.htm




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