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NE WI Residents Remember JFK Assassination Like It Was Yesterday

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For so many, November 22, 1963 seems like yesterday.

Fifty years later, Northeast Wisconsin residents are remembering where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.

"If there was a couple of people sitting there having coffee, they were talking about what happened in Dallas," recalls Gail Ives, as she sips a cup of coffee Friday morning.

Five decades later, that hasn't changed.

JFK is again the topic of conversation at the Bay Family Restaurant in Green Bay.

The memories are flooding back.

"I was a freshman in high school at Premontre," remembers Tom Worachek.

"I was behind the counter waiting on a customer. And the radio was on, and everything came to a screeching halt," recalls Phillip Farah.

"Closed school, of course. I remember walking home. Everybody was just stunned," adds Worachek.

"The shock of the whole thing was so immense," says Ives.

"That kind of news, even if you're not listening too carefully to the radio, it stops you," says Farah.

"But it hit every family. It hit everyone," remembers Ives.

Those who do remember the day 50 years ago recall a time like no other the nation had felt -- a president so beloved, now gone.

"It was just kind of a lonely, scary kind of feeling, like this can't be happening here," says Farah.

Images of that time remain vivid memories.

"Everybody remembers the Walter Cronkite thing when he says it and takes his glasses off and just kind of collected himself," says Worachek.

For young parents like Ives, it was the heartbreaking memory of John, Junior saluting his father's coffin that is still so clear to this day.

"That's an eternal picture that you see him with that salute," says Ives.

"I guess to people that are my age or whatever, it still probably is the one strongest event that happened," says Worachek.

"It really hits you. It's something that hits your heart, and it isn't a forgettable thing," adds Ives.

Unforgettable, even 50 years later.

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