Clearly the scene of the JFK assassination is the primary reason tourists visit Dallas, but the Mayor wants to limit access on November 22 this year for a public relations event.
Dallas, 50 years after Kennedy’s assassination
Excerpted from Blue Ribbon News
Robbert van Bloemendaal
(Dallas) September 4, 2013 – At the west end of downtown Dallas, Texas, is the Dealey Plaza Historic District, where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Fifty years later, Dealey Plaza looks much as it did in 1963. The street signs, lights and surrounding buildings have mostly been left as they were – a contrast to the modern Dallas skyline behind the plaza.
Many visitors to the city come to take a solemn look at the place where the popular president was killed. Lee Harvey Oswald, a former U.S. Marine, is believed to have fired the fatal shots from a sixth-floor window in the Texas School Book Depository building. Today, the building’s Sixth Floor Museum draws 350,000 visitors a year, second only to the Alamo as the most-visited site in Texas.
There are other sites connected to the assassination, including the Hilton hotel (formerly the Texas Hotel) in Fort Worth, where the president and his wife spent the night of November 21, 1063; Parkland Memorial Hospital, where the president was rushed into a trauma room; and the Texas Theatre, where Oswald tried to hide.
The city will observe the 50th anniversary with church bells, military flyovers and readings of Kennedy’s speeches. It will also be a day of public service, with volunteers working at organizations like the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Special Olympics.
This travel column was written by BlueRibbonNews.com special contributor Robbert van Bloemendaal, an experienced world traveler, native of Australia, an Ambassador with the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce, and president of Travel Leaders of Rowlett.