Thanksgiving 1963 was a somber occasion because of the assassination of President Kennedy the previous week. Commentator Gus Succop says his death made Thanksgiving especially important that year. He also learned a lifelong lesson that day.
Many of us still remember exactly where we were on November 22, 1963. I was in fifth grade. After gym that day, our PE teacher told us the news: the president had been shot. We looked at each other as if our teacher had just spoken to us in Swahili. That weekend, our family ate every meal in front of our black-and-white television set.