Wednesday, March 14, 2012

John F. Kennedy’s Funeral: Rare and Unpublished Photos from November, 1963

The state funeral of John F. Kennedy took place in Washington, D.C. during the three days that followed his assassination on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas.

The body of President Kennedy was brought back to Washington and placed on the East Room of the White House for 24 hours. On the Sunday after the assassination, his flag-draped coffin was carried on a horse-drawn caisson to the U.S. Capitol to lie in state. Throughout the day and night, hundreds of thousands lined up to view the guarded casket. Representatives from over 90 countries attended the state funeral on Monday, November 25. After the Requiem Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral, the late president was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

LIFE.com offers a gallery of photographs (some of them never before published) from the deeply fraught funeral held mere days after Kennedy was killed.

















2 comments:

  1. I REMEMBER ALL OF THIS AS IF IT WERE ONLY YESTERDAY, THE GRIEF THAT THE COUNTRY WAS IN WAS SIMPLY ASTONISHING, AND I WAS ONLY 11 YEARS OLD THEN....RICHARD T., NYC

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